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Anti-Black Racism, Health & Health Care
A new report calls on the field of bioethics to take the lead in efforts to remedy racial injustice and health inequities in the United States. As ethicists concerned with health and health care issues–particularly the influence of structures, policies, practices, and norms on conditions that unfairly advantage some and disadvantage others throughout society–the field has a moral responsibility to respond to the longstanding harms that racism has posed to the overall health and well-being of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color.

Join the editors of the report, “A Critical Moment in Bioethics: Reckoning with Anti-Black Racism Through Intergenerational Dialogue,” for a virtual discussion with Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor and Director, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy, University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Report editors are: Faith E. Fletcher, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine; Keisha S. Ray, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center; Virginia A. Brown, Department of Population Health, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; and Patrick T. Smith, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine, Duke University.

The special report represents a collaboration between an independent antiracism task force of bioethicists from across the United States and The Hastings Center, as part of the Center’s health equity initiative.

The event is sponsored by the Greenwall Foundation.


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Michele Goodwin
Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy @University of California, Irvine School of Law
Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She is the recipient of the 2020-21 Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, the highest honor bestowed by the University of California. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and she is an American Law Institute Adviser for the Restatement Third of Torts: Remedies.
Faith Fletcher
Assistant Professor @Baylor College of Medicine
Faith Fletcher is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities RACE Affinity Group, a national special interest group committed to promoting bioethics discourse and cross-disciplinary collaboration around social and structural disadvantage. Her research over the past decade investigates the health care and research experiences of traditionally marginalized and stigmatized populations to inform ethically grounded and community-centered practices and strategies. Dr. Fletcher is also a contributor to the American Public Health Association’s new Code of Public Health Ethics.
Keisha Ray
Assistant Professor @University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Keisha Ray earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Utah. She is currently an assistant professor with the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics and serves as the Director of the McGovern Center’s Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration. Before joining the McGovern Center, she was an assistant professor of philosophy at Texas State University, a postdoctoral fellow with the McGovern Center, a lecturer at various universities in Texas and Utah, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of South Carolina.
Patrick Smith
Associate Research Professor @Duke University
Along with his work at the Divinity School, Smith is the director of the bioethics program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine and associate professor in population health sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Duke University Medical School. He has served as a member of the board of directors and the executive committee for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. His current research and writing are in the areas of moral philosophy, bioethics, theological ethics, end-of-life care, and religious social ethics. Professor Smith was named a 2016-17 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, was the recipient of the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics, and in 2022 received the Edmund Pellegrino Medalist Award in health care ethics.
Virginia Brown
Assistant Professor @University of Texas, Austin
Virginia A. Brown, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Dell Medical School in the Department of Population Health and a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She earned her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in ethics and public policy and her doctorate in sociology with concentrations in race, class, gender and medical sociology. Her areas of interest include the structural determinants of health, (conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age) and their influence on health and health care outcomes. Through the theoretical lens of historical materialism, she seeks to disrupt how the social and political structures contribute to the formation and reformation of racial bias in health and health care.