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The Healthy Populations Journal (HPJ)

Special Issue: Improving Black Health Outcomes


HPI's Improving the Health Outcomes of People of African Descent Flagship Project and the Healthy Populations Journal are thrilled to announce our partnership on a special issue “Improving Black Health Outcomes” as an outcome of the First International Black Health Conference (IBHC) held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from October 6-8, 2022.

The IBHC, the first of its kind in Canada, was an important foundational gathering focused on improving Black health outcomes across the African Diaspora by informing clinical practice, policy change, as well as showcasing achievements and promising practices. The IBHC was animated by the drive to address the social and structural determinants of health for people of African descent. To do so required an examination of cross-sectoral partnerships including health professionals, health policymakers, researchers, students, community-based organizations, community activists and leaders, professionals in health care, education, employment, criminal justice, child welfare, and other sectors.

With this special issue of the Healthy Populations Journal, we aim to highlight work focusing on Black health equity by inviting scholars, practitioners and community members to submit their research work and creative reflections on the theme: “Improving Black Health Outcomes Across The African Diaspora”.

The Healthy Populations Journal (HPJ) is a multi-faculty, student-led, open-access, peer-reviewed journal housed at the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Their mission is to identify and disseminate research aimed at improving population health and global health equity.





An assembled Guest Editorial board in partnership with the HPJ’s regular Editorial Board have adopted a mentorship model of peer review. Experienced reviewers will provide mentorship to student reviewers to build their reviewing skills and provide robust and thoughtful reviews for submissions. In addition, academic writing and peer-review workshops will be offered to support submissions to this special issue. Details TBA, Stay tuned!

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We are accepting submissions for this special issue beginning April 15th, 2023. Submissions will close by October 8th, 2023, the anniversary of the IBHC! Visit here to access the submission portal and for more details regarding submission guidelines.

Please contact or with any additional questions or comments.


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