Virtual Issues

Climate Change and Health

IJPH Virtual Issue December 2019

The increasing effects of climate change on public health have captured the attention of researchers and policy-makers over the last decades, but establishing a causal pattern between climate change and public health is challenging, given the many and varied factors at play in a globalised world. Integrating research findings into climate change policy and actions is even more challenging. 

The IJPH has long recognized the important connections between health and climate change and has published many papers on the topic. This collection showcases the most significant of the articles that consider the health risks associated with climate change, and its effects on adaptation, co-benefits, vulnerabilities and resilience. This is also the focus of the “International Symposium on Climate Change and Health”, 5-6 December 2019, at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel. (Rest assured that we have worked to minimize the CO2 footprint of this symposium!)

Martin Röösli, Editor of the virtual issue

Articles are free to access until January 27, 2020

Towards health for future, Röösli, M. & Cissé, G. Int J Public Health (2019). 

Mitigating and adapting to climate change: a call to public health professionals, Winkler, M.S., Röösli, M., Ragettli, M.S. et al. Int J Public Health (2015) 60: 631.

Climate change: an opportunity for health promotion practitioners? Chastonay, P., Zybach, U., Simos, J. et al. Int J Public Health (2015) 60: 763.

Temperature variation between neighboring days and mortality: a distributed lag non-linear analysis, Cheng, J., Zhu, R., Xu, Z. et al. Int J Public Health (2014) 59: 923.

Social inequalities in the association between temperature and mortality in a South European context, Marí-Dell’Olmo, M., Tobías, A., Gómez-Gutiérrez, A. et al. Int J Public Health (2019) 64: 27.

Evaluating the effectiveness of heat warning systems: systematic review of epidemiological evidence, Toloo, G., FitzGerald, G., Aitken, P. et al. Int J Public Health (2013) 58: 667. 

Development of key indicators to quantify the health impacts of climate change on Canadians, Cheng, J.J. & Berry, P. Int J Public Health (2013) 58: 765. 

Climate-driven migration: an exploratory case study of Maasai health perceptions and help-seeking behaviors, Heaney, A.K. & Winter, S.J. Int J Public Health (2016) 61: 641. 

Health co-benefits and risks of public health adaptation strategies to climate change: a review of current literature, Cheng, J.J. & Berry, P. Int J Public Health (2013) 58: 305.

IJPH Virtual Issue August 2019

Closing the gap in Roma healthcare: reflections on evidence, policy, and activism

Virtual Issue Edited by: Andrea Madarasova Geckova (Editor-in-Chief) and Anke Berger (Managing Editor)

Even though policy makers, academics, frontliners, and Roma activists have tried for decades to reduce inequalities in Roma health and health care, we are still on alert. We must revisit our findings and seek new ideas to promote equality. This issue examines our results, enriches them with critical reflections on our efforts and outcomes, and explores avenues for closing this troubling gap in health care and reaching the Roma who have been left behind.

Articles are free to access until September 13, 2019


Roma health-do we know enough?, Jitse van Dijk

Challenges for research, policy and practice in the field of Roma health, Daniela Filakovska Bobakova

Improving the Mental Health of Roma through Research and Policies that Cross Multiple Social Sectors, Benjamin Cook

Romani maternal and child health: moving from documenting disparities to testing progress and interventions to achieve equity, Teresa Janevic

Research Articles:

Revisiting the evidence on health and health care disparities among the Roma: a systematic review 2003-2012, Cook et al

The decade of Roma Inclusion: did it make a difference to health and use of health care services?, Sandor et al

Why don''t segregated Roma do more for their health? An explanatory framework from an ethnographic study in Slovakia, Belak et al

Regional socioeconomic indicators and ethnicity as predictors of regional infant mortality rate in Slovakia, Rosicova et al

Social determinants of malnutrition among Serbian children aged < 5 years: ethnic and regional disparities, Brcanski et al

Early life risk factors and their cumulative effects as predictors of overweight in Spanish children, Iguacel et al

Social support, hopelessness and life satisfaction among Roma and non-Roma adolescents in Slovakia, Kolarcik et al

Positive parenting attitudes and practices in three transitional Eastern European countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia, Petrovic et al

Socioeconomic position, gender, and inequalities in self-rated health between Roma and non-Roma in Serbia, Janevic et al

Is the cardiovascular risk profile of people living in Roma settlements worse in comparison with the majority population in Slovakia?, Babinska et al

Roma coronary heart disease patients have more medical risk factors and greater severity of coronary heart disease than non-Roma, Sudzinova, A

Are barriers in accessing health services in the Roma population associated with worse health status among Roma?, Jarcuska et al

Attendance to cervical cancer screening among Roma and non-Roma women living in North-Western region of Romania, Andreassen et al

Negative attitudes related to violence against women: gender and ethnic differences among youth living in Serbia, Djikanovic et al

“Do my Roma and non-Roma patients need different care?” A brief step-by-step guideline for clinical practitioners, Belak et al

IJPH Virtual Issue October 2016

Refugees and Public Health: An International Perspective

The first UN high-level meeting to address the large movement of refugees and migrants was held in September 2016. In preparation of this, the Heads of State and Government involved issued a document calling “large movements of refugees and migrants […] global phenomena which call for global approaches and global solutions.” The unprecedented number of people moving across borders has many public health implications. We, at the International Journal of Public Health, have a long-standing interest and have published numerous papers on refugee and migrant health. In this special online issue,* we gather a collection of articles on migrant and refugee health, ranging from opinion pieces and commentaries to systematic reviews and research evidence from different parts of the world. We hope that bringing together papers from different geographical areas and perspectives will highlight the global public health aspect of the refugee and migrant crisis and will support fruitful discussions that might bring solutions closer to realization.

Thomy Tonia and Anke Berger

on behalf of the Editors-in-Chief

Nino Künzli, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, and Thomas Kohlmann

Opinion and Discussion:

Disgrace at EU’s external borders

Refugee crisis in Greece: not a one-country job

Thinking beyond borders: reconceptualising migration to better meet the needs of people in transit

Commentary: From the primacy of safe passage for refugees to a global social policy

Migration, public health and human rights

Addressing health-related interventions to immigrants: migrant-specific or diversity-sensitive?


Health, migration and border management: analysis and capacity-building at Europe’s borders

Reviewing the topic of migration and health as a new national health target for Germany

Graduate public health training in healthcare of refugee asylum seekers and clinical human rights: evaluation of an innovative curriculum

Syria: health in a country undergoing tragic transition

A systematic literature review of the quality of evidence for injury and rehabilitation interventions in humanitarian crises

Impact of economic crisis on mental health of migrant workers: what happened with migrants who came to Spain to work?

Utilization of health-care services among immigrants recruited through non-profit organizations in southern Italy

When to see a doctor for common health problems: distribution patterns of functional health literacy across migrant populations in Switzerland

See what we say: using concept mapping to visualize Latino immigrant’s strategies for health interventions

Migration and depressive symptoms in migrant-sending areas: findings from the survey of internal migration and health in China

Mortality among US-born and immigrant Hispanics in the US: effects of nativity, duration of residence, and age at immigration

Migration and geographical inequalities in health in the Netherlands: an investigation of age patterns

Association between migration and physical activity of school-age children left behind in rural Mexico

Climate-driven migration: an exploratory case study of Maasai health perceptions and help-seeking behaviors