Call for Chapters: Increasing Minority Representation in the Healthcare Industry


Saliha Akhtar, Seton Hall University, United States

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020
Full Chapters Due: February 14, 2021
Submission Date: February 14, 2021


With everything going on today in the media, having the diversity of our population in healthcare is more important than ever. However, it’s not currently happening. There is not equality in healthcare when it comes to gender, race, ethnicity, and age - to name a few factors. And the disparity exists across all sects of the industry and at all levels. For example, the majority of individuals who enroll in clinical trials are white males. At the same time, although women now outnumber men in the healthcare workforce, they hold only about one-fifth of key leadership roles. There are consequences for this lack of diversity, for both healthcare professionals and patients. Some organizations are now working on tackling the problem. However, with lack of understanding and uncoordinated efforts, changes are fragmented, inconsistent, and insufficient both within organizations and across the industry. Moreover, a strategic approach for ensuring diversity appears rare. Greater diversity in healthcare has the potential to lead to more innovation, better patient outcomes, increased employee engagement and retention, and success overall. In order for this to happen, change needs to start taking place now.


The objective of this book is to bring awareness to the issue of lack of diversity in healthcare and risks associated with it, along with recommending strategies and tangible actions to mitigate the gaps. This comprehensive book will help educate healthcare professionals and provide them with potential solutions that they can adapt to their own organizations. This book will make an impact on the field by highlighting the severity of a problem that has existed for many years now yet without significant progress or change, and will guide healthcare professionals to making changes within their own areas of responsibility and expertise, leading to greater diversity and successes.

Target Audience

The target audience will be healthcare professionals who play some role in the diversity of healthcare, whether from an organizational or patient level. The book will likely be used by those in leadership, those involved relevant decision-making, and those in diversity and inclusion roles. Hence, it has the potential to reach a wide number of individuals, depending on the organization’s purpose and how it’s structured. Many organizations are in the infancy stage of addressing the issue and don't have complete understanding of it, which makes it more difficult for them to address it adequately. Hence, it can be used as a tool by a number of organizations.

Recommended Topics

Topics/areas of coverage would include: - Importance of diversity - Understanding systemic diversity issues - Diverse and culturally sensitive healthcare providers - The need for diversity in the healthcare workforce - Gender balance - Racial diversity and cultural competence - Promoting cultural diversity - Diversity of leaders in healthcare (including case studies) - Utilizing technology to improve diversity in healthcare - Diversity in educational programs - Impact of exclusion in research on access to treatment

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 31, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified the first week of January 2021 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.
are expected to be submitted by February 14, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the
guidelines for manuscript submissions at
prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Increasing Minority Representation in the Healthcare Industry. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer
review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2022.

Important Dates

December 31, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
January 31, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
February 14, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
April 14, 2021: Review Results Returned
May 26, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
June 9, 2021: Final Chapter Submission


Saliha Akhtar
Seton Hall University


Medical, Healthcare, and Life Sciences; Education; Business and Management; Social Sciences and Humanities
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