Seminar Series: Decolonizing Global Health: Do We Agree On What it Means? by Matt DeCamp, MD, PhD

Monday, Dec 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bloomberg School of Public Health Room W1030
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD

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The concept of decolonizing global health is attracting attention, promising a re-envisioning of global partnerships and a better promotion of health equity.  But do we agree on what it really means?  Drawing on two empirical studies – one about mass drug administration of azithromycin and another about trainees’ experiences in a global health program – this presentation will explore what decolonizing global health does (and does not) add to global health and global health ethics.

Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado. A practicing internist, health services researcher and philosopher, Dr. DeCamp employs both empirical and conceptual methods to identify and solve cutting edge problems at the interface of health care, policy and bioethics. Special emphases of his research include engaging patients in health care organizational decision-making, ethical issues in artificial intelligence, and global health (with a focus on short-term global health ethics).

Along with other research activities, during 2021-2022, Dr. DeCamp is Principal Investigator of a grant examining the social, ethical, and behavioral implications of COVID-19 testing in 5 Colorado communities and is leading a supplement to the Palliative Care Research Cooperative examining the social, cultural, and ethical factors that promote COVID-19 vaccination among the understudied, underserved, underrepresented population of home health aides nationally. With funding from the Fogarty International Center, Dr. DeCamp is supporting work within the UJMT consortium to develop new training materials on “decolonizing” global health. Lastly, he is Principal Investigator of a Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference grant examining ethics and chatbots in health care.

After original funding from an NIH bioethics supplement, Dr. DeCamp continues to serve as Ethics & Engagement Advisor for the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group. This year he will complete a project, with Co-PI Dr. Anthony So, a Greenwall Foundation funded project examining ethical challenges in the mass drug administration of antibiotics globally.