Grant Awarded to Enhance Local Capacity to Respond to Infectious Disease Events

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded a grant to Berman Institute faculty member Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH, along with Hopkins colleagues Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH, and Lainie Rutkow, JD, PHD, MPH, to work on a four-year project entitled Ethical Standards to Improve Local Response Capacity to Infectious Disease Events.

“In the event of a natural or manmade infectious disease outbreak, we will rely on local health department staff to organize and implement the appropriate public health response,” says Taylor.  “It is essential that we find out what competing ethical obligations local health department staff are concerned about to address any barriers to their willingness to respond.”

Taylor explains that the project is two-fold; one aspect is to characterize local health department officials’ perceptions of their legal and ethical obligations during an infectious disease outbreak. The second aspect of the project is to take the characterized findings and identify tensions between ethical obligations, legal standards and self-reported willingness to respond in events of outbreak, in order to develop the ethically sound guidance document for local health departments.

“My colleagues and I hope the results of our efforts will enhance the ability of leaders in local health departments to guide their workforce in the event of a future pandemic or bioterrorist event,” Taylor says.

Seminar Series: Public Health in your Pocket

Public Health in Your Pocket

Maria Meritt, PhD
Core Faculty Member,
Berman Institute of Bioethics,
Associate Professor,
Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Alain B. Labrique, PhD, MHS, MS
Assistant Professor,
Department of International Health,
Department of Epidemiology,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:15pm – 1:30pm
615 N. Wolfe Street, W3008
Open to Everyone. Lunch will be provided

Seminar Series: Nikola Biller-Andorno ‘What Is An Ethical ACO?’

pic_biller_andorno.jpgProf Dr med, Dr phil Nikola Biller-Andorno

Professor and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics
University of Zurich 

What is an ethical ACO?

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are expected to play a key role in the attempt to increase the cost-efficiency of health care delivery while maintaining or improving quality and equity of patient care. Performance measures and incentives are used as managerial tools to move towards these aims. The presentation will explore how these tools can be used in an ethically acceptable way, and outline framework conditions for an “ethical ACO”. 

Monday, February 11, 2013, 12:15pm – 1:30pm

W3008, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD

Open to All  |  Lunch Provided