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Sex and gender play a significant role in shaping women’s, men’s, and non-binary individuals’ health and wellbeing. COVID-19 in particular has drawn unprecedented attention to the important role that sex and gender play in health and disease outcomes. Concurrently, it is important to maintain a focus on those ...

Sex and gender play a significant role in shaping women’s, men’s, and non-binary individuals’ health and wellbeing. COVID-19 in particular has drawn unprecedented attention to the important role that sex and gender play in health and disease outcomes. Concurrently, it is important to maintain a focus on those sex and gender differences in health and disease which are exacerbated during times of crises, and to foster learnings across disciplines and health topics related to sex and gender. Much of the current literature focuses on identifying how sex and gender impact health and disease outcomes - i.e. what are the sex and gender differences and/or disparities related to communicable and non-communicable health, mental health, and health systems access and delivery. There has been less attention on what actually works to address inequitable sex and gender disparities in health and disease, and how these may be shaped by other interconnecting identity-based characteristics such as age, socio-economic status, occupation etc.

This Research Topic will focus on exploring what works in terms of rectifying sex and gender disparities in health and disease outcomes. We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches related to research and/or program implementation.

- How have research, programs, interventions and/or policy effectively: addressed inequitable sex or gender differences; promoted gender transformative change; challenged inequitable gender norms, roles, and relations; advocated for the inclusion of sex differences?
- What lessons have been learned and what steps need to be taken to enact future change within research, programing and policy?

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Keywords: sex differences, gender, health, disease, implementation, health disparities


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