Structural Justice Ethics in Health Care

DiChristina, Wendy

The age-adjusted COVID-19 mortality rate among Black Americans is twice as high as White Americans. This shocking evidence of health disparities, coincident to a public reckoning with the history of racism in the US, highlights the inverse relationship between race and health. Public sentiment may now favor addressing these pressing public health issues, but the sprawling healthcare system largely focuses on clinical care; it lacks tools to influence the social determinants of health at the point of the healthcare institution. Reinvigorating organizational ethics, sometimes called institutional ethics, may provide such a tool.


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August 29, 2022


health disparity, organizational ethics, institutional ethics, mortality rate, Black Americans