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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Access to Healthcare in a Post-COVID-19 World

The UMKC Law Review is pleased to announce a call for submissions relating to access to healthcare in the post-COVID-19 world. Selected papers will be published in the Special Topics Symposium, Winter 2022 edition of the UMKC Law Review.

This symposium invites proposals for papers that explore the various social, economic, and geographic factors which impact access to healthcare. In 2019, the United States spent $3.8 trillion on health care, amounting to $11,500 per person and 17.7% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. On a global scale, the United States spends twice as much per capita on health care than any other high-income country. However, the dollars spent on health care in the United States is not apportioned equitably, and many groups of people are left without access as a result.  Job status, socio-economic standing, race, sex, gender identity, and zip code all affect the access to and quality of healthcare for Americans across the country. COVID-19 has acutely highlighted the inequality of access to healthcare across our communities. Specifically, the impact of the current pandemic has been largely shouldered by those with inadequate access. Moving into the post-COVID-19 world, healthcare systems, federal and state agencies, local health professionals, and policy makers on all levels will need to address these access deficiencies in order to provide higher quality, equally accessible care to historically underserved and underrepresented groups.

This symposium will be the third issue of UMKC Law Review’s 91st Volume and will explore these and related topics with the goal of both advancing awareness and influencing public policy. Articles and essays of all lengths and papers by single authors or multiple authors are invited. Preference will be given to works between 5,000 and 25,000 words. To be accepted for publication, articles must not have been previously published. Final papers are due August 1, 2022.

Proposals for papers should be submitted by March 4, 2022 to the attention of:

            Benjamin Wietharn at – (Editor);
            Kate Johnson at – (Editor);
            Mallory Denzl at – (Editor); or
            Prof. Marciarille at – (Faculty Advisor).

Proposals should include the following information:
            Contact information
            Proposed title of paper
            Anticipated wordcount as either an article or essay
            Abstract or brief description of the topic

Questions may be addressed to Benjamin Wietharn (, Kate Johnson (, or Mallory Denzl (