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Fall 2023 Reading Group

At the Intersection: Health, Public Health Policy and the Law

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

As health and public health initiatives are delivered at the bedside, in practice and in policy, values judgements, ethics, social vulnerabilities and the law influence implementation and norms. Downstream implications of these policies – and how they ultimately motivate clinical and public health outcomes – are often unrecognized to the patient, practitioner and policymaker alike. Questions arise such as: How does the unionization of medical professionals impact continuity of clinical care? How do data privacy protections shape public health policy? Do vaccine mandates “work” and how do we define “work” in this context? In this reading group, we will examine health topics at these intersections, to include vaccine requirements (COVID, influenza and routine pediatric), data privacy, preventative services requirements, use cases for medical Artificial Intelligence, and nursing/trainee unionization initiatives.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/24, 10/31 and 11/14