Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter June 2021

June 2021


Elizabeth Ghandakly is the 2021 recipient of the Marcia Pines Award in Bioethics and Public Health for her paper, “Justice Concerns Facing America’s Senior Population Amid COVID-19”.

Leonard Rubenstein was the co-recipient of 2021 Public Health Practice Aware for COVID-19 Impact Award for Excellence in Baltimore COVID-19, JHSPH.

Prof. Fanzo Awarded $3.8 Million to Apply Human Rights-Based Approach to Food Systems
The award supports the first phase of a ten-year project to strengthen the capacity of governments, peasants, and other people living in rural areas to adopt and incorporate human rights frameworks such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) into food policy and food systems action.

The Oxford-Johns Hopkins Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative (GLIDE) aims to provide a flexible collaborative platform for identifying and analysing ethical issues arising in infectious disease treatment, research, response, and preparedness, through the lens of global health ethics.

Bringing together scholars, trainees and partners from around the world, GLIDE undertakes both responsive research on pressing issues and forward-looking projects with longer timeframes.

The Oxford-Johns Hopkins Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative is funded by a Wellcome Humanities and Social Science Award.

Several Berman Institute faculty and staff members were recognized for their Excellence in Teaching by the Bloomberg School for the 2020-2021 academic year, including Jeffrey Kahn, Nancy Kass, Pamala Martin, Anne Barnhill, Zackary Berger, Travis Rieder, Gail Geller, Maria Merritt, and Len Rubenstein.


Food Systems Dashboard: A Year On
GAIN Interview Cruncher
June 3, 2021, 7:30 AM EDT

During this Interview Cruncher we will take a closer look at the Dashboard, including the new environment indicators, the Countdown Report, their relevance for the UN Food Systems Summit, and consider Member States takes from Germany and Guatemala, while discussing on the way forward and new plans to ensure countries can gain better ownership of the presented data.

Ethics for Lunch: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Freeman Family Ethics for Lunch
June 15, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 EDT

An interactive session in which we will review topics from the past year and provide an open forum for discussion of topics to consider for the next academic year. We are interested in hearing from the hospital community about the ethical issues that are faced by patients, families, communities, and members of the healthcare team.


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“I’m a Survivor”: Perceptions of Chronic Disease and Survivorship Among Individuals in Long-Term Remission from Opioid Use Disorder,’ Journal of General Internal Medicine
Authors: Jarratt D. Pytell, Michael D. Sklar, Joseph Carrese, et al

A focused ethnographic study on the role of health and sustainability in food choice decisions,” Appetite
Authors: Elizabeth L. Fox, Claire Davis, Shauna M. Downs, Rebecca McLaren, Jessica Fanzo

Clinicians and Professional Societies COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs,” National Academy of Medicine
Authors: James Madara, Suzanne Miyamoto, Jason E. Farley, et al, including Cynda Rushton

Effects of Child Protective Custody Status and Health Risk Behaviors on Healthcare Use among Adolescents,” Academic Pediatrics
Authors: Sarah J. Beal, Constance A. Mara, Katie Nause, et al, including Rebecca Seltzer

Methadone and buprenorphine treatment in United States jails and prisons: lessons from early adopters,” Addiction
Authors: Sachini Bandara, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Sydney Merritt, Colleen L. Barry, Brendan Saloner

Strengthening internal resources to promote resilience among prelicensure nursing students,” Journal of Professional Nursing
Authors: Vickie Hughes, Sophia Cologer, Sandy Swoboda, Cynda Rushton

A Comprehensive Review of State Vision Screening Mandates for Schoolchildren in the United States,” Optometry and Vision Science
Authors: Madison D. Wahl, Donna Fishman, Sandra S. Block, et al, including Megan E. Collins

Clinicians and Professional Societies COVID-19 Impact Assessment: Lessons Learned and Compelling Needs,” National Academy of Medicine: Discussion Paper
By James Madara, Suzanne Miyamoto, Jason E. Farley, Michelle Gong, Millicent Gorham, Holly Humphrey, Mira Irons, Ateev Mehrotra, Jack Resneck Jr., Cynda Rushton, and Tait Shanafelt

Care for Incarcerated Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19,” Journal of General Internal Medicine
Authors: Alan P. Jacobsen, Talia Robledo-Gil, Jordan H. Nahas-Vigon, Jeremy A. Epstein, Zackary D. Berger, Carolyn B. Sufrin

Ethical and policy considerations for COVID-19 vaccination modalities: delayed second dose, fractional dose, mixed vaccines,” BMJ Global Health
Authors: Jonathan Wolff, Caesar Atuire, Anant Bhan, Ezekiel Emanuel, Ruth Faden, et al

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in the Earth BioGenome Project,” SSRN
Authors: Jacob S. Sherkow, Katharine Barker, Irus Braverman, et al, including Debra J. H. Mathews

H. Jack Geiger: A Pioneer Physician for Human Rights,” American Journal of Public Health
Authors: Donna McKay, Leonard Rubenstein

Nourishing Humanity without Destroying the Planet,” Ethics & International Affairs
Authors: Anne Barnhill, Jessica Fanzo

Violence against healthcare in conflict: a systematic review of the literature and agenda for future research,” Conflict and Health
Authors: Rohini J. Haar, Róisín Read, Larissa Fast, et al including Leonard Rubenstein

You Say You Want a Data Revolution? Taking on Food Systems Accountability,” Agriculture
Authors: Quinn Marshall, Alexandra L. Bellows, Rebecca McLaren, Andrew D. Jones, Jessica Fanzo

Ethics review of big data research: What should stay and what should be reformed?” BMC Medical Ethics
Authors: Agata Ferretti, Marcello Ienca, Mark Sheehan, Alessandro Blasimme, Edward S. Dove, Bobbie Farsides, Phoebe Friesen, Jeffrey Kahn, Walter Karlen, Peter Kleist, S. Matthew Liao, Camille Nebeker, Gabrielle Samuel, Mahsa Shabani, Minerva Rivas Velarde & Effy Vayena

Mapping the Terrain of Moral Suffering,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Authors: Joanne M. Braxton, Eric M. Busse, Cynda Hylton Rushton

Paying for Pediatric Home Health Care: How Families of Children With Medical Complexity Navigate Gaps in Coverage,” Family and Community Health
Authors: Jessica C. Raisanen, Alexandra Ruth, Pamela K. Donohue, et al, including Renee D. Boss

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May 31

Two New Laws Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method
The New York Times
With comments from Natalie Ram.

May 28

Should employers make vaccination mandatory? Yes, here’s why.
The Baltimore Sun
Ruth Faden and Nancy Kass write.

The cicadas are here. So, of course we had to taste them with Old Bay.
The Baltimore Sun
With comments from Jessica Fanzo.

May 26

Responsibility Without Blame in Therapeutic Communities: Interview with Philosopher Hanna Pickard
Mad in America
Hanna Pickard discusses her novel and more.

Is it immoral to refuse the vaccine?
BBC Radio: Moral Maze
Travis Rieder was a guest.

May 25

Jails shrunk during the pandemic — here’s how to keep them small
The Hill
Brendan Saloner writes.

Can teens get vaccinated if their parents object
National Geographic
With comments from Ruth Faden.

The cicadas are coming — and foodies are getting ready to feast
CBS News
Jessica Fanzo was a guest.

May 24

Here’s Some Advice On Eating Cicadas From A Top Nutritionist
An interview with Jessica Fanzo.

The Green Argument For Eating Cicadas (Plus A Few Recipes)
Jessica Fanzo is interviewed.

May 23

How feasible is it for businesses to require proof of vaccination? Experts are split
CBS News
With comments from Nancy Kass.

May 20

The generals in Myanmar are waging war on doctors and nurses
The Washington Post
Leonard Rubenstein and Sandra Mon write.

Why Covax, the fund to vaccinate the world, is struggling
With Ruth Faden.

Gaza: Israeli airstrikes kill doctors and damage healthcare facilities
With comments from Leonard Rubenstein.

May 16

Eating Cicadas Is Actually Good For The Environment And Apparently They Taste Like Shrimp
WJZ Baltimore
Jessica Fanzo is a guest.

May 13

Bug Appetit: Why Eating Cicadas is Good for the Environment
With Jessica Fanzo.

May 12

For pregnant women, getting the COVID-19 jab is a challenging choice
The World
With comments from Ruth Faden.

May 7

Jefferson Reverses Decision to Link Some Doctors’ Bonuses to the Patients They Refer to Fund-Raising
The Philadelphia Inquirer
With comments from Joseph Carrese.

May 4

PODCAST: The Johns Hopkins eSchools+ Initiative
GovEx Data Points Podcast – #68
Host Andrew Nicklin is joined by Annette Anderson, Megan Collins, & Ruth Faden.

From Innovation to Application, Cutting-Edge Birth Defects Research to Be Recognized by the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention
With comments from Carleigh Krubiner

April 1

Documenting health care attacks during conflict
Co-authored by Leonard Rubenstein.


On May 28, Jeffrey Kahn gave a talk titled “Epidemic/Endemic – Bioethics: Reckoning with Structures,” at the Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine as part of the Epidemic//Endemic Speaker Series.

On May 26, Leonard Rubenstein spoke to the government of Norway and others at a side event to the UN Security Council open debate on protection of civilians. His talk was titled “Protection of Healthcare: 5 Years After 2286.”

On May 24, Leonard Rubenstein spoke about Addressing the ongoing violence against health care in conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic at the Graduate Institute Geneva, World Health Assembly side event.

On May 21, Jeremy Sugarman, along with Christine Grady, gave a talk titled “COVID-19 and HIV Prevention Research: Meeting Ethical Obligations and Identifying Opportunities for Improving Ethics Guidance” at the NIAID/NIH Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (DAIDS) Virtual Friday Seminar.

On May 20, Jeffrey Kahn served as the plenary speaker at the AAHRPP Annual Conference: Real Research in a Virtual World. His talk was titled “The Ethical, Regulatory and Research Complexities of Human Gene Editing – CRISPR.”

Debra Mathews gave a talk titled “Security Implications of Multi-Omics Research and Applications” as part of a roundtable at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Board on Life Sciences (BLS), Washington D.C.