Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter – January 2022

January 2022


Starting in 2022, our Theo Schall Starting in 2022 will lead the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities LGBTQ affinity group.

Each term, the Bloomberg School of Public Health recognizes faculty who have contributed significantly to the intellectual life of the School through their excellence in teaching. Faculty members including Joe Ali, Anne Barnhill, Nancy Kass, and Travis Rieder received “excellent” course rankings from students during the first term in the 2021-2022 academic year.


Seminar Series with Robin Lovell-Badge

Monday, January 24, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Attend via Zoom


Strengthening Ethical Practice at the Frontline of Global Health Research: Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges

Berman Institute Seminar Series

Monday, January 31, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

In this seminar Profs Sassy Molyneux and Dorcas Kamuya will share work they have collaborated on across three main inter-related themes from their institutional base at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust research programme in Kenya: understanding ethical dilemmas faced by frontline staff in conducting their research; introducing support processes for frontline staff; and strengthening institutional community engagement.  Their presentation will include recent outputs, including an embedded video and an animation. Join us online to participate in the seminar.

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Using Policy Tools to Improve Population Health — Combating the U.S. Opioid Crisis“, New England Journal of Medicine
Authors: Colleen L. Barry, Brendan Saloner

Provider Perceptions of Barriers to HIV Care Among Women with HIV in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Possible Solutions: A Qualitative Study
Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Authors: Melissa K. Ward, Yazmine de la Cruz, Sofia B. Fernandez, et al, including our Mary Catherine Beach

Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Their Work’s Intersection with Clinical Ethics
Journal of Palliative Medicine
Authors: Meaghann S. Weaver, Renee D. Boss, Myra J. Christopher, et al.

Experiences with Substance Use Disorder Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from a Multistate Survey
International Journal of Drug Policy
Authors: Brendan Saloner, Noa Krawcyk, Keisha Solomon, et al.

Honesty and Transparency, Indispensable to the Clinical Mission—Part I: How Tiered Professionalism Interventions Support Teamwork and Prevent Adverse Events
Otolaryngologic Clinics
Authors: Michael J. Brenner, Richard C. Boothman, Cynda Hylton Rushton, et al.

Is addiction a brain disease? A plea for agnosticism and heterogeneity
Authors: Hanna Pickard

Research priorities for an HIV cure: International AIDS Society Global Scientific Strategy 2021
Nature Medicine
Authors: Steven G. Deeks, Nancie Archin, Paula Cannon, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman

Primary Care Practice Transformation in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond: Key Principles for General Internal Medicine Practitioners
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Authors: Stacie Schmidt, Reena Gupta, Jennifer Bracey, et al, including Zackary Berger

Patient and Caregiver Attitudes Towards Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease: A Need for Partnership and Education
Authors: Akshay Sharma, Amanda Young, Yvonne Carroll, et al, including Yoram Unguru

Caring for Adolescents: Unique Ethical Considerations
In Pediatric Ethics: Theory & Practice
Authors: Silvana Barone & Yoram Unguru

Governing the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator: towards greater participation, transparency, and accountability
The Lancet
Authors: Suerie Moon, Jana Armstrong, Brian Hutler, et al, including Ruth Faden

Parental Expression of Emotions and Surgeon Responses During Consultations for Obstructive Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children
JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Authors: Grace R. Leu, Anne R. Links, Jenny Park, Mary Catherine Beach, Emily Boss

Climate change and nutrition-associated diseases
Nature Reviews: Disease Primers
Authors: Jessica C. Fanzo, Shauna M. Downs

Organizational Impact on Healthcare Workers’ Moral Injury During COVID-19A Mixed-Methods Analysis
Journal of Nursing Administration
Authors: Katie Nelson, Ginger Hanson, Danielle Boyce, et al., including Cynda Hylton Rushton

Governing the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator: towards greater participation, transparency, and accountability
The Lancet
Authors: Suerie Moon, Jana Armstrong, Brian Hutler, et al, including Ruth Faden

Allocation of Opportunities to Participate in Clinical Trials during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Other Public Health Emergencies
Hastings Center Report
Authors: Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Barbara E. Bierer, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman

Ending the evidence gap for pregnancy, HIV and co-infections: ethics guidance from the PHASES project
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Authors: Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Richard Beigi, Linda-Gail Bekker, et al, including Ruth Faden and Carleigh Krubiner

Leave me out: Patients’ characteristics and reasons for opting out of a pragmatic clinical trial involving medication adherence
Medicine (Baltimore)
Authors: Lisa Caputo Sandy, Thomas J. Glorioso, Kevin Weinfurt et al, including Jeremy Sugarman

An expanded institutional- and national-level blueprint to address nurse burnout and moral suffering amid the evolving pandemic
Nursing Management
Authors: Amelia Schlak, William E. Rosa, Cynda H. Rushton, et al

How Should Governments Make COVID-19 Policy?
The Philosopher’s Magazine
Authors: Justin Bernstein, Anne Barnhill, Travis Rieder

Moving beyond mistrust: Centering institutional change by decentering the white analytical lens
Author: Alyssa Newman

State Mask Mandate Bans for Schools: Law, Science, and Public Health
Authors: Y. Tony Yang, Sarah Scheffer DeRoo, Stephanie Morain

Vision Screening Requirements for School-age Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ophthalmic Epidemiology
Authors: Bani Antonio Aguirre, Mary Louise Z. Collins, Megan E. Collins

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December 25, 2021

How Should Governments Make COVID-19 Policy?

Philosopher’s Magazine

Justin Bernstein, Anne Barnhill and Travis Rieder argue that pandemic policymaking requires science, ethics and politics.

December 23, 2021

Omicron Brings New Risks to Unvaccinated Pregnant Women

Bloomberg Equality

With comments from Ruth Faden.

December 22, 2021

Tracking COVID-19 Booster Doses in the US States

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

A new analysis by Matthew Crane, John Romley, & Ruth Faden finds substantial differences between state-level booster coverage.

December 21, 2021

Omicron and Holiday Travel: How to Strategize

New York Times

With Jeffrey Kahn.

December 20, 2021

Why global vaccine access is still faltering; CRS in Afghanistan

On the Record

Dr. Ruth Faden discusses global vaccine access and Catholic relief services in Afghanistan.

December 10, 2021

Governing the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator: towards greater participation, transparency, and accountability

The Lancet

Authors include Brian Hutler and Ruth Faden.

December 9, 2021

It’s not just ‘burnout’: Your workforce is facing moral exhaustion

Advisory Board

Discussion with Cynda Rushton.

December 7, 2021

Patients Can Experience Burnout Too


December 7, 2021

With Mark Hughes.

December 6, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines: Ethical Considerations for Nurses

American Nurses Association

Including Cynda Rushton.


WHO Pandemic Ethics & Policy Summit

World Health Organization

Moderators include Ruth Faden. Link for more information & free zoom registration


Restoring Humanity in Healthcare by Addressing Moral Suffering

Good Tech, Compassionate Healthcare

With Cynda Rushton.

December 3, 2021

CDC: Risk of Stillbirth Is Higher Among Pregnant People With COVID-19

VeryWell Health

Ruth Faden comments.


In Syria’s Endless War Health Workers Are Not Only Collateral Damage—They’re Targets

Mother Jones

With Leonard Rubenstein.


Understanding Bias and Fairness in AI-enabled Healthcare Software

Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, Virtual

Friday, December 17, 2021

Kadija Ferryman was a speaker.