Justice and Equity


School closures

The coronavirus pandemic is closing schools. How will kids eat?
CNN Health
March 11, 2020

Coronavirus School Closings Expose Digital Divide
US News
March 10, 2020

What’s at Stake When Schools Close for the Coronavirus? A Bioethicist Weighs In
Education Week
March 5, 2020
An op-ed by Ruth Faden

Coronavirus could result in school closings in the U.S. We must make sure these closings meet the needs of low-income children.
The Baltimore Sun
February 27, 2020
Op-ed by Ruth Faden

Pregnant women

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Coronavirus
March 3, 2020
The New York Times
Ruth Karron, co-investigator of PREVENT, is quoted.

In the race for coronavirus vaccines, don’t leave pregnant women behind
February 25, 2020
An op-ed by Carleigh Krubiner, Ruth Faden, and Ruth Karron

This article was also published in The Boston Globe and listed as required reading for the 38th Annual Congressional Leadership Conference of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Other Disadvantaged Populations

Rural Towns Insulated From Coronavirus Now May Take A Harder Hit Later
March 13, 2020

Coronavirus and the risk to the homeless
The Guardian
March 12, 2020

Opinion: Refugees Are Especially Vulnerable To COVID-19. Don’t Ignore Their Needs
March 11, 2020

‘If We Don’t Work, We Don’t Get Paid.’ How the Coronavirus Is Exposing Inequality Among America’s Workers
March 4, 2020

Further Reading

The Bellagio Meeting on Social Justice and Influenza
In 2006, Dr. Faden was among a group of 24 experts in public health, animal health, virology, medicine, public policy, bioethics, law and human rights from 11 countries that met to consider questions of social justice and the threat of avian and human pandemic influenza. The consensus of the group was that efforts to prepare for and respond to a pandemic should take account of the needs and interests of the disadvantaged.

Faculty Experts

Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH
Berman Institute Founder; Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Brendan Saloner, PhD
Bloomberg Associate Professor of American Health