Edition 26 marks the Journal’s first edition addressing COVID-19. In the U.S., over 600,000 people have died of COVID-19 since March 2020 – more than other event in the country’s history, after the Civil War (1861-1865) and the 1918 Flu Pandemic. The articles contained in this edition shed light on the complex social determinants that have driven the disparate distribution of COVID in medically-underserved communities in the U.S. and globally – including racial and ethnic minorities, rural communities, the elderly, homeless and unstably housed persons, and incarcerated populations.
The Editorial Board of the HPHR Journal remains committed to promoting discourse around these issues as we continue to respond to the challenges both created and exacerbated by COVID-19.
~ Catherine Tsasis, Associate Editor, HPHR