Dr. Stephen Thomas, professor of health policy and management and director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, authored the chapter, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities as a Public Health Ethics Issue,” in the newly released Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics.
Ms. Erica Casper, a former science writer and editor for the School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity, co-authored the chapter.
The Berman Institute of Bioethics called the handbook “a sweeping and authoritative review of public health ethics” in a press release. The book’s 73 chapters cover topical issues such as nutrition, vaccination rates, genetics, infectious diseases and sexual and reproductive health.
“Public health practitioners and policymakers face questions of ethics routinely in their work,” wrote the editors. “They must navigate sometimes competing responsibilities to the public with other important values such as privacy, autonomy, and prevailing cultural norms.”
Dr. Thomas’ research centers around identifying and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. His work is recognized as one of the scholarly contributions leading to the 1997 Presidential Apology to Survivors of the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.
Dr. Thomas’ current efforts focus on understanding how social context shapes attitudes and behaviors of underserved, poorly served and never-served segments of our society toward participation in health promotion and disease prevention activities. He is also the principal investigator at the Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research, funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 30