Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – April 2021

April 2021


The Johns Hopkins eSchool+ Initiative has created the eSchool+ Teacher and School Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to track vaccinations for teachers and school staff across the United States, District of Columbia, Bureau of Indian Education, and major US territories. The purpose of this dashboard is to capture real-time information about state vaccination plans for teachers and school staff. The launch of the Dashboard has received media coverage in The HubFox NewsWBALTV, Futurity, and Associated Press.

The eSchool+ Initiative also launched the COVID-19—Global Education Recovery Tracker, a collaborative effort of Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF. The purpose of the Tracker is to capture ongoing information about the global status of schools, teachers and students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is intended to be of use for education and public health policy stakeholders and researchers from around the world. In this second year of the pandemic, and as many countries are starting to move from emergency responses towards policies aimed for recovery, the tracker aims to support this process by focusing on data that can help build back better and more resilient education systems. The Tracker has received media coverage in The Baltimore Business Journal, The HUB, and was cited in The Guardian.

Marie Nolan PHD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to serve as interim dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Michael DiStefano successfully defended his dissertation, “Novel Approaches for Incorporating Social Values in Health Technology Assessment to Support Universal Health Coverage,” and will be awarded a doctoral degree in May.

Rebecca Seltzer was chosen as an Academic Pediatric Association Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Seltzer will serve in the inaugural cohort of this 3-year career development program for child health policy and advocacy.


Addressing COVID-19 Learning Loss in Special Education
Johns Hopkins eSchool+ Initiative Webinar Series
April 5, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT:
Panel: Aaron Parsons, Laurie DeBettencourt, Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy; Moderated by Alan Regenberg – Link for more info and to connect via Zoom

Together, We Can End Recidivism
Centering the Voices of Formerly and Currently Incarcerated People and Leaders in the Movement 
April 6, 12:00 pm EDT
Each one of our Flikshop postcards are filled with words of love, emoji’s, confessions of yearning, and some pain. They tell a story, and founder Marcus Bullock knew that we needed to figure out a way to leverage this love to help end recidivism around the globe. Via zoom, free registration available online

Adopting Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice System
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy
April 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Sharing perspectives from frontline providers. Speakers: Brendan Saloner, Colleen Barry, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Sachini Bandara, Noa Krawczyk, Tyler Winkelman, & Alexandra Duncan. Via Zoom, free registration available online.

On the Outrage of Black Mothers: Healing the Past in the Present
27th Annual Shallenberger Lecture
April 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
Joanne M. Braxton, PhD, M.Div, will speak. Register here.

Hot Topics in Research Ethics
April 29, 9:00 – 10:00 pm EST

Tamra Lysaght, PhD, of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore, will report the key findings from empirical bioethics research aimed at identifying the boundaries of the social license needed to share data under broad consent for precision medicine


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Preserving Integrity and Staying Power as a Nurse in a Pandemic,” American Journal of Nursing
Authors: Cynda H. Rushton

Rethinking Human Embryo Research Policies,” The Hastings Center Report
Authors: Kirstin R. W. Matthews, Ana S. Iltis, Nuria Gallego Marquez, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman

Ethical and policy implications of vaccinomics in the United States: community members’ perspectives,” Human Vaccines & Immunotherapies
Authors: Jennifer E. Gerber, Janesse Brewer, Rupali J. Limaye, et al, including Gail Geller

COVID-19 Cases Among Employees of U.S. Federal and State Prisons,” American Journal of Preventative Medicine
Authors: Julie A. Ward, Kalind Parish, Grace Dilaura, et al, including Brendan Saloner

Who stays in medication treatment for opioid use disorder? A national study of outpatient specialty treatment settings,” Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Authors: Noa Krawczyk, Arthur Robin William, Brendan Saloner, Magdalena Credo

Mortality and Access to Kidney Transplantation in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease–Associated Kidney Failure,” Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Authors: Sunjae Bae, Morgan Johnson, Allan B. Massie, et al, including Carlton Haywood

Assessing the Added Therapeutic Benefit of Ultra-Expensive Drugs,” Value in Health
Authors: Michael J. DiStefano, So-Yeon Kang, Farah Yehia, Christian Morales, Gerard Anderson

Masks in Medicine: Metaphors and Morality,” Journal of Medical Humanities
Authors: Lindsey GrubbsGail Geller

Reimagining the Role of School‐Based Health Centers During the COVID‐19 Pandemic,” Journal of School Health
Authors: Jareatha N. Abdul‐Raheem, Alice J. Liu, Megan E. Collins

Delays in Hospital Discharge for Children in Foster Care: Reasons and Recommendations from a Multisite Study,” Pediatrics
Authors: Rebecca R. Seltzer, Pamela Donohue, Breanna Watson

Reframing Recruitment: Evaluating Framing in Authorization for Research Contact Programs,” AJOB Empirical Bioethics
Authors: Candace Speight, Charlie Gregor, Yi-An Ko, et al – including Jeremy Sugarman

Postpartum care content and delivery throughout the African continent: an integrative review,” Midwifery
Authors: Ashley Gresh, Megan Cohen, Jean Anderson, Nancy Glass

Regulatory updates are needed to prevent commercialization of islet transplantation in the US.,” Europe PMC
Authors: Piotr Witkowski, Rolf N Barth, Anthony Japour, Gail Javitt, et al

Development of a Patient Reported Measure of Experimental Transplants with HIV and Ethics in the United States (PROMETHEUS),” Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes
Authors: Shanti Seaman, Diane Brown, Ann Eno, et al – including Jeremy Sugarman

Introduction: Reimagining Epidemics,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Authors: Mary E. Fissell, Jeremy A. Greene, Randall M. Packard, Jr. James A. Schafer

Invisible Moral Wounds of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Are We Experiencing Moral Injury?,” AACN Advanced Critical Care
Authors: Cynda Hylton Rushton, Kathleen Turner, Rita Nakashima Brock, Joanne M. Braxton

Placebo use and unblinding in COVID-19 vaccine trials: recommendations of a WHO Expert Working Group,” Nature Medicine
Authors: Jerome Amir Singh, Sonali Kochhar, Jonathan Wolff & The WHO Accelerator Ethics & Governance Working Group – Ruth Faden is a member of The WHO Expert Working Group

Prioritization of Pregnant Individuals in State Plans for COVID-19 Vaccination,” American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Authors: Matthew A. Crane, Elana Jaffe, Richard H. Beigi, Ruth Karron, et al – including Carleigh Krubiner & Ruth Faden

Why Standing to Blame May Be Lost but Authority to Hold Accountable Retained: Criminal Law as a Regulative Public Institution,” The Monist
Authors: Nicola Lacey, Hanna Pickard

Baseline vision results from the Baltimore Reading and Eye Disease Study,” Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology
Authors: Megan E. Collins, Xinxing Guo, Lucy I. Mudie, et al

Ethical and practical considerations for mitigating risks to sexual partners during analytical treatment interruptions in HIV cure-related research,” HIV Research & Clinical Practice
Authors: Karina Dubé, John Kanazawa, Lynda Dee, et al – including Jeremy Sugarman

Testimonial Injustice: Linguistic Bias in the Medical Records of Black Patients and Women,” Journal of General Internal Medicine
Authors: Mary Catherine Beach, Somnath Saha, Jenny Park, et al

Triggers for Palliative Care Referral in Pediatric Oncology,” Cancers
Authors: Andrea Cuviello, Catherine Yip ,Haven Battles, Lori Wiener, Renee Boss

‘“You Have to Die Not to Come to Work”: A Mixed Methods Study of Attitudes and Behaviors regarding Presenteeism, Absenteeism and Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel with Respiratory Illness in Israel, 2016–2019,’ Vaccine

Authors: Rachel Gur Arie, Mark A. Katz, Avital Hirsch, David Greenberg, Ryan Malosh, Gabrielle Newes-Adeyi, Nadav Davidovitch, Anat Rosenthal

Human rights and fair access to COVID-19 Vaccines: the International AIDS Society-Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights,” The Lancet

Authors: Commissioners of and collaborators with the International AIDS Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights; Leonard Rubenstein is a commissioner.

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March 29

Baltimore-area school systems won’t immediately adopt new federal, state spacing recommendations
The Baltimore Sun
With comments from Annette Anderson from the eSchool+ Initiative.

March 28
The Dr. B Site Lets You Know When Extra COVID-19 Shots Are Available Near You
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

March 26
Why Pandemics Give Birth To Hate: From Bubonic Plague To COVID-19
Wisconsin Public Radio
With comments from Nancy Kass.

March 24
Where Does The United States Fit Into The Global Vaccination Effort?
Ruth Faden was a guest.

March 22

Healing the Moral Wounds of the Pandemic
Voice America
Cynda Rushton was a guest.

March 19
Europe’s Vaccine Ethics Call: Do No Harm and Let More Die?
The New York Times
With comments from Ruth Faden

March 17
Should You Wait to Get the COVID Vaccine if You Think Other People Need It More?
Live Strong
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

March 16

Questions over global vaccine passport standards [Video]
Jeffrey Kahn was a guest.

Latino immigrants need vaccines – and aren’t getting them. Here’s why
The Guardian Opinion
By Kathleen Page, Alicia Fernández and Zackary Berger.

Slamming Brakes on AstraZeneca Has Side Effects
With comments from Ruth Faden.

March 15

Am I a jerk for getting a COVID-19 vaccine if I feel healthy and work from home?
Market Watch
With comments from Ruth Faden.

The Public Health Lessons Of The Pandemic
Cynda Rushton was a guest.

Vaccine guilt is real. Here’s what experts say about it.
The Lily
With comments from Ruth Faden.

March 12

Life after Lockdown: Experts Answer Questions on Pregnancy and Parenting During the Pandemic

Ruth Faden was a featured guest

March 11
Did Washington Get Its Vaccine Line Right?
Seattle Met 
With comments from Ruth Faden.

The impact of the COVID battle on front line workers
Cynda Rushton was a guest.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, On The Ethics Of Mass COVID Vaccinations
WYPR – Midday
Jeffrey Kahn was a guest.

People Are Keeping Their Vaccines Secret
The Atlantic 
With comments from Ruth Faden and Carleigh Krubiner.

March 10
Middle-income countries are caught in a COVID-19 financing gap
With comments from Ruth Faden.

March 9

Vaccine Passports: Public Health Tool, Or Invasion Of Civil Liberties?
Ruth Faden was a guest.

The Pandemic Can’t End While Wealthy Nations Hoard Shots
With comments from Ruth Faden.

March 6
Your employer can ask whether you’ve received the coronavirus vaccine — and even require it
The Washington Post
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.

March 5
Using the new Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to create equity and trust
Written by Ruth Faden and Ruth Karron.

The Man With “Super-Antibodies” [link to video on Facebook]
BBC’s Cut Through the Noise
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.


March 3

Should you get a coronavirus vaccine if you’re pregnant? Experts say medical trials need to change
CBS News
With comments from Ruth Faden.


India and Mexico emerge as hotspots for attacks on Covid health workers

The Telegraph
Len Rubenstein was quoted.


March 2

Lack of eligibility checks at Maryland’s mass COVID vaccination sites is a ‘double-edged sword,’ experts say
Baltimore Sun
With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.


Pfizer Begins First COVID-19 Vaccine Trial on Pregnant Women [link to video on YouTube]
Carleigh Krubiner was a guest.

March 1

Vaccinating Teachers Is Just One Part of the Reopening Puzzle
Education Week
Authors: Ruth Faden, Matthew Crane, Annette Anderson, & Megan Collins.


March 24

Joseph Ali, along with Effy Vayena, served as panelists on Vaccine Passports, COVID Surveillance, and Social Justice at an event sponsored by ETHIC Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center. 

March 16

Jeffrey Kahn was invited to present at Regeneron Science Talent Search Prime Time Opportunity with the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

March 14

Leonard Rubenstein spoke about Protection of Health Care in Armed Conflict at the Consortium of Universities in Global Health.

March 11

Leonard Rubenstein lectured at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies in the Watson Institute at Brown University. His lecture was titled Drivers of Violence Against Health Care in War.

March 8

Jeffrey Kahn served on a panel titled Contact Tracing Goes Viral: Value and Ethics of Digital Contact Tracing at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

March 2

Leonard Rubenstein spoke at a webinar, Violence and Threats Against Health Care Related to COVID-19 [YouTube], hosted by Insecurity Insight and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.