COVID-19 Virtual Events

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Upcoming Events & Virtual Event Series

July 15, 2020 | What are the Obligations of the State During a Pandemic

Presented by the Empire State Bioethics Consortium.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:00-7:30 pm EST


Nancy Neveloff Dubler LL.B (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP (Weill Cornell Medical College) 

Ken Goodman, PhD (University of Miami)

Tia Powell, MD (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

Rabbi Claudio J. Kogan, MD, MBE, (Rabbi, Physician & Ethicist; Texas)

Moderated by Robert Klitzman, MD (Columbia University)

Please RSVP here.

This will be the first of four webinars sponsored by the Empire State Bioethics Consortium on SHARING INSIGHTS ABOUT COVID & ETHICS ACROSS STATES.  Please join us for the other sessions as well:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Ethics Consultation during COVID

Wednesday, July 29, 2020: Communication, Palliative Care, and End of Life

Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Justice and Communitarian Issues

July 9, 2020 | Viral Modernism, The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature | Columbia University Press, Synapsis, a health humanities journal, the Institute for Ideas and Imagination, the Columbia Maison Française, and the Alliance Program

Book Talk: Viral Modernism, The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature

A Conversation with Elizabeth Outka and Sarah Cole

Thursday, July 9, 1pm EST | 7pm GMT+2


The influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 took the lives of between 50 and 100 million people worldwide, and the United States suffered more casualties than in all the wars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries combined. Yet despite these catastrophic death tolls, the pandemic faded from historical and cultural memory in the United States and throughout Europe, overshadowed by World War One and the turmoil of the interwar period. In Viral Modernism, Elizabeth Outka reveals the literary and cultural impact of one of the deadliest plagues in history, bringing to light how it shaped canonical works of fiction and poetry.

Outka shows how and why the contours of modernism shift when we account for the pandemic’s hidden but widespread presence. She investigates the miasmic manifestations of the pandemic and its spectral dead in interwar Anglo-American literature, uncovering the traces of an outbreak that brought a nonhuman, invisible horror into every community. Viral Modernism examines how literature and culture represented the virus’s deathly fecundity, as writers wrestled with the scope of mass death in the domestic sphere amid fears of wider social collapse. Outka analyzes overt treatments of the pandemic by authors like Katherine Anne Porter and Thomas Wolfe and its subtle presence in works by Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats. She uncovers links to the disease in popular culture, from early zombie resurrection to the resurgence of spiritualism. Viral Modernism brings the pandemic to the center of the era, revealing a vast tragedy that has hidden in plain sight.

Register here.

COVID-19: Advancing Rights and Justice During a Pandemic | Virtual Event Series | Columbia Law School

The impacts of the novel coronavirus are being felt across the world, and in all domains of our lives, from physical and mental health, to job security, housing, and family life. Existing inequalities are more visible than ever, with the burdens of the crisis falling on some much more than others. Some governments are exploiting the crisis to crackdown on civil liberties. This series brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss the threats we face, and how we might respond.

The series is organized by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic, Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and Just Security. 

See upcoming events in this series here.

COVID-19 Virtual Symposium Series | Columbia Zuckerman Institute

Sharing the latest in COVID-19 research at Columbia

Columbia University researchers and clinicians are invited to join these regular virtual symposia on COVID-19. Researchers and clinicians at all career stages are welcome to educate themselves about Columbia’s efforts against this unprecedented threat to our society.

Symposia are held weekly on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted. Links to register for upcoming symposia are posted below.

To attend future events, visit the COVID-19 Virtual Symposium Series page.

To watch prior recordings of the symposium, visit the Zuckerman Institute Youtube.

American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine | COVID-19 Conversations

Presented by a partnership between the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of  Medicine.

To read transcripts and see materials from past webinars, visit COVID-19 Conversations.

Past Events & Materials

July 8, 2020 | Public Trust and Justice in the Time of COVID-19 | Columbia Center for Science and Society

Presented by the Columbia University Center for Science and Society.

July 8, 2020 at 5:30-7:00pm ET

A major challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic has centered on the public's attitude toward and reception of the guidance and advice of public health experts and government leaders. We would like to expand this discussion to critical issues of health justice and deepening racial disparities that have been laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis and its deadly toll among communities of color, and the ongoing social and psychological trauma that has been exacerbated by recent police killings. These issues raise questions about structural inclusion and exclusion that affect the ways that communities put their trust in leaders during a pandemic, and the vision of reform that we seek going forward. 

One of the hardest hit areas has been in central Queens, where inequity in jobs, precarious housing, poor working conditions, and lack of access to healthcare and other services, are fueling both the spread and the lethality of the virus. The dislocation and fears associated with immigration status, ethnicity, and race pose a sharp challenge to local communities and their needs. This panel will bring together elected officials and community leaders to help change the narrative around the virus to also focus on ways we can build public trust, reimagine stronger social solidarities, and secure social justice during this time of COVID-19 and for the future.

Event Speakers:

Jeffrion Aubry, Assembly member for the 35th district in Queens and New York State Speaker Pro Tempore, New York State Assembly

Saeeda L. Dunston, Executive Director at Elmcor Youth and Services Activities, Inc.

Annetta Seecharran, Executive Director at Chhaya Community Development Corporation

Moderated by Samuel Kelton Roberts, Associate Professor of History and Sociomedical Sciences and Institute Research Fellow in African American Studies at Columbia University.

Session recording forthcoming.

July 1, 2020 | COVID, White Power & The Unseeing of Race Again

Presented by Under the Blacklight. 

A conversation with Barbara Arnwine, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Camara Phyllis Jones, Jonathan Metzl, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Why is it so difficult for us to connect the twin crises that we face? Indeed, as the coronavirus’ death toll rises, it seems the long-overdue coming-to-grips with this country’s ideology of white supremacy is falling to the wayside. Yet the racial realities of the pandemic expose a social order behaving precisely as it's supposed to -- it reveals that the overwhelming precarity of Black life is central to the American creed. It's central to both the epidemic of police violence, and our ignorance-fueled virus. 

View session recording here.  You can also find previous episodes of our Under The Blacklight series on YouTube.

June 30, 2020 | How to Run a Hospital during a Pandemic: Hospital Administration Ethical and Legal Challenges in the Time of COVID-19 | The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

Presented by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Hospital administration is complex during the best of times. Hospitals are now struggling to respond to the surge of COVID-19 patients, including obtaining enough PPE, ventilators, and other materials. They must also manage a sharp decrease in revenue from a pause on most other medical procedures. Hospitals are also considering the needs of their workforces, both in terms of overwhelmed clinicians treating COVID-19 patients and providers with little to no work because their practices have been put on pause.

This panel will discuss the challenges facing hospitals during the pandemic, including workforce, financial, and supply chain concerns. How can hospitals “rise to the occasion?” What duties do they owe to their employees, their patients, their board of trustees or shareholders, and their communities?

Session recording forthcoming.

June 30, 2020 | Decarceration and Community: COVID 19 and Beyond

Presented by The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

The Radcliffe Institute is offering a two-part series of virtual programs to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on incarcerated people.  Part II of this discussion series considers how public officials responsible for the operation of jails and prisons are responding to the current pandemic. What challenges and opportunities present themselves, given the reality of COVID-19 in carceral spaces? Responding to the issues raised by impacted people during the first session, how do we understand public health in and around carceral spaces, and how do we develop strategies to keep communities safe during the pandemic? Drawing on decades of collective experience running county jails and state prisons along with expertise in addressing health concerns within and outside such settings, the panelists will consider possible solutions, including justice reinvestment, decarceration, and early release.

Patricia Caruso, former director, Michigan Department of Corrections

Harold Clarke, director, Virginia Department of Corrections; former director, Massachusetts Department of Correction and Nebraska Department of Correctional Services; former secretary, Washington State Department of Corrections

Homer Venters, president, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services; clinical instructor, NYU Langone Health; former chief medical officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services; former director of programs; Physicians for Human Rights

Moderated by Mary T. Bassett, director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; former commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

To access this webinar, click here.

June 26, 2020 | Amplifying Community Voices: LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Friday, June 26, noon

With Pride canceled and many other community and social supports suspended during the pandemic, COVID-19 presents particular challenges to the health and well-being of LGBTQ people, who already experience health disparities. Drawing from LGBTQ history and recent political events, this Radcliffe webinar brings together historians, physicians, and organizers to discuss the disparate impact of the pandemic on the physical and mental health of sexual and gender minorities, as they explore the resilience of queer communities in times of crisis.


  • Katie Batza, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas
  • Robert Goldstein, medical director, Transgender Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School; candidate, US Congress (MA-08)
  • Jessica Halem, LGBTQ outreach and engagement director, Harvard Medical School
  • Cecil R. Webster, lecturer in psychiatry, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School; consultant for diversity health outreach programs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other area schools

An audience Q and A will follow the individual presentations.

View session recording here.

June 25, 2020 | Care for the Polis: Cities, Health, and the Humanities | Care for the Polis

Presented by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

The seventh Care for the Polis panel is focused on institutions and injustice during the Covid-19 pandemic. With Rita Charon and Margaret Crosby-Arnold. Free and open to the public; RSVP required (good for all panels).

Care for the Polis is an online conference that exists in a multi-temporal and virtual space. The conference is designed to reimagine how medical humanities and public humanities shape, and are shaped by, the city and its diverse publics. In a series of weekly Z-Panels, our invited speakers will discuss the effects of health on the conception of cities and publics—including, in the context of pandemic, the foreclosure of public space and what it means to become an online yet domestic-bound public. Together, we will address emerging concerns such as economic impact and recovery, domesticity and democracy, public care and public reconstruction.

Session recording forthcoming.

June 24, 2020 | Inclusion in the time of COVID-19: The Hidden Violence of Race | UNESCO

This UNESCO webinar will take place on Wed, June 24 at 4 pm CEST (Paris time) / 10 am EST , and is organized by the UNESCO program on “The Slave Route: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage”

Full Program below in CEST time

From December, the world has been gradually immersed in the COVID-19 sanitary crisis forcing most of the countries, one by one, to close any economical and social activities to try as much as possible to contain the spreading of the pandemic. First the virus was presented by the WHO experts as a public health emergency touching everybody, men/women, young/old, Asians/Europeans/Africans/etc., poor/rich, etc. In another words, it was presented as a non-discriminatory pandemic. 

But after a couple of months and the production of some statistics, it appears that if the virus obviously does not discriminate, it clearly reveals the discriminatory structure and the deep social and economic inequalities of our societies. If everybody can be equally affected by the virus, the exposure and the consequences of the pandemic reveal the historical injustices faced by certain communities. 


Early data of the Covid-19 crisis, broken down by race, is alarming. The case of the African Americans in the United States of America is now relatively well documented by the figures. In Chicago, as of early April 2020, 72% of people who died of coronavirus were black, although only one-third of the city’s population is. In Georgia, as of 17 April, white people accounted for 40% of Covid-19 cases where race was reported, although they represent 58% of the state. The disparity in the city of Milwaukee is just as clear. Census data shows that black people comprise about 41% of the city’s population, yet they have nearly half of the city’s Covid-19 cases. And 44 of the 67 people who have died in the county were black.

For most of the experts working on the social influence on health, this is roughly the consequences of 150 years of slavery followed by 100 years of Jim Crow. That means that black in the US, especially in the South, aged 60 and older were born during the era of separate and unequal access to education, healthcare, housing, criminal justice, and economic opportunity of all kinds. Today, the African American are still mainly excluded from a full access to the space of citizenship, especially regarding socio-political and economic opportunities.

Then there are the violence of slavery and the today “everyday racism” itself. The genetic traumas related to slavery and the allostatic load (or “weathering”) referring to the accumulated physiological burden from the stresses caused by racism and race-related disadvantage, such as the frequent secretion of stress hormones explain why African Americans are more likely to develop certain types of diseases. Indeed, these populations are proportionally much more affected by cardiovascular diseases or diabetes (about 3.2 million African Americans have diabetes) than any other community in the US.

In very different contexts, the pandemic seems also to underline that race, class and gender are inextricably intertwined and constantly intersect, generating dynamic feedback loops that maintain the complex structure of social inequality and its reproduction but also affect the body and its representation. 

The understanding of the impact of racism and discrimination is too often limited to its consequences on social opportunities (education, job, housing, etc.) and the structural violence faced by people of color. But its articulation with health distribution (health being the possibility of life itself) are sometimes overlooked. 

In the line of the work of the French philosopher M. Foucault, this webinar will focus on the biopolitical aspect of the Covid-19 as a pandemic that reveal the “politic of life”, the embodiment of social injustices and the effects of a systemic racism rooted in the history of slave trade and slavery and how it structures health and access to treatment.

Starting with the US experience, the discussion will also tackle the global situation of health inequalities in South America, the Caribbean and in the Indian Ocean and how it interacts with structural racism and exposed much more “black bodies” to infection and death. The different perspectives coming from sociology, history, epidemiology, etc. would try to understand the consequences of the covid19 pandemic on “black bodies”, not as something radically new, but as a social sequence that underlines the pattern of racial health inequalities.


Opening Ceremony

Speech by:

·         Firmin Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO

·         Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA

Message from Artists

Video Message by Marcus Miller

Musical Moment by Anjali Strange Fruit

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Myriam Cottias, Historian, Director of research at the CNRS, former President of the French Committee for the Memory and the History of Slavery, Racism and Health: Historical perspective fromSlavery - 10mn

Prof. Nancy Krieger, Epidemiologist, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health, Race and Health in US in the context of Covid19: Epidemiological and Political perspectives - 10mn

Prof. Ruha Benjamin, Sociologist, African American Studies at Princeton University, Racism, Vulnerability, and Refuting Black Pathology -    10 mn

Prof. Opal Palmer Adisa, Gender Specialist, Director of The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, The impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable women in the Caribbean -10 mn

Prof. Pablo Gomez, Historian, History of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Risk and Disease: Black Bodies, Inequality, and Epidemics in Latin American andCaribbean History” - 10 mn

Dr. Jurema Wermeck, Director Amnesty international Brazil, Covid19 in the favelas, a geography of race in Brazil -             10 mn

Prof. Rose Boswell, Anthropologist, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Race and social distribution of health in the Indian Ocean - 10 mn

Closing remarks

Session recording forthcoming.

June 19, 2020 | Ethics Talk: White Coats for Black Lives | AMA Journal of Ethics

Presented by the AMA Journal of Ethics.

In this video edition of Ethics Talk, journal editor in chief, Dr Audiey Kao, talks with Drs Joniqua Ceasar and Dorothy Charles about systemic racism, police brutality, and the role of health professionals in securing racial justice and health equity.

Joniqua Ceasar, MD is a resident physician in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dorothy Charles, MD is a resident physician in family medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

Both are on the national working group of WhiteCoats4BlackLives.

View this presentation here.

June 10, 2020 | A Conversation on Race and Public Health | Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Presented by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health/

This discussion of the public health impacts of systemic racism and violence was hosted by Dean Linda P. Fried, the Office of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion, and the Office of Student Affairs. It featured speakers Dr. Charles Branas, Dr. Raygine DiAquoi, Dr. Robert Fullilove, and Dr. Goleen Samari.  

View the session recording here.

June 4, 2020 | COVID-19 and Health Equity: A Policy Platform and Voices from Health Departments |

Presented by Human Impact Partners in partnership with APHA, ASTHO, Big Cities Health Coalition, HealthBegins, and NACCHO.

A virtual convening to discuss how public health can play a role in advancing long-term policy solutions that center equity.

View the session recording here.

June 1, 2020 | Ethics Talk: Antiracism, Health Equity, and a Post-COVID Future | AMA Journal of Ethics

Presetned by the AMA Journal of Ethics.

In this video edition of Ethics Talk, journal editor in chief, Dr Audiey Kao, talks with Dr Ibram Kendi about the impact of racist policies on historically discriminated-against groups and what it means to be an antiracist. Ibram Kendi, PhD is the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center and a professor of history and international relations at American University.

View the session recording here.

May 28, 2020 | Prioritizing Equity: The Root Cause | American Medical Association

Presented by a partnership between the American Medical Association.

Hear diverse perspectives on health equity, from trailblazers to current advocates, whose work is driven by the mission to address the root causes of health inequity and the social determinants of health.

View the session recording here.

May 21, 2020 | Equitable Readiness: Reimagining the Role of the Public Sector in the Wake of COVID-19 | Harvard University

Presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 

What should the “new normal” look like? With the COVID-19 crisis highlighting long-standing social disparities and vast inequities, some argue that now is the time to imagine an adaptive public health infrastructure that can readily respond to this and future epidemics. In this Radcliffe webinar, leading scholars and practitioners engage in a conversation about how to leverage the policy opportunities the epidemic presents for bold changes that could support a sustained and equitable public health response. 


María Belén Power, associate executive director, GreenRoots, Inc.; representative, Green Justice Coalition

Daniel Carpenter, faculty director of the social sciences program, Radcliffe Institute, and Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sara Bleich, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor and social sciences advisor, Radcliffe Institute, and professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Moderated by Janet Rich-Edwards, codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


View the session recording here.

May 21, 2020 | Responses to Covid-19: Legal and Ethical Perspectives | Columbia University

Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental agencies providing health care and many other organizations are wondering whether to change their standards of practice due to Covid-19, but often face legal, ethical and bioethical challenges in doing so. How do they make these decisions? Join us for an interactive discussion with a distinguished panel, including, among others:

Unni Karunakara, former International President, MSF

Amrit Ray, MD, Global President, R&D and Medical, Pfizer Upjohn

David Hoffman, JD, Columbia University, Masters of Bioethics Program

Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Robert Klitzman, MD, Moderator

View the session recording here.

May 21, 2020 | Racial Equity During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic | National Low Income Housing Coalition

Presented by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Join Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices, and Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the NLIHC, for a conversation on how our housing and homelessness response to COVID-19 must center racial equity and address systemic inequities and discrimination. #RacialEquityandCOVID

View the session recording here.

May 20, 2020 | Incarcerated Populations and COVID-19: Public Health, Ethical, and Legal Concerns | The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics | Harvard Law School

Presented by the The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

Prisons, jails, and detention centers have been called ‘a ticking time bomb’ when it comes to COVID-19. One Ohio prison recently found that more than 70% of its inmates are COVID-19 positive. Social distancing is difficult to enact in these facilities, with some prisons stopping visitation and severely limiting the amount of time inmates can spend in common areas to try to limit the spread of the virus. In response, some inmates and detainees have been released, but this is not consistent across the country.

This panel will explore the unique public health challenge of trying to manage COVID-19 within incarceration facilities. We will discuss recent litigation to release people in response to the pandemic. Lastly, we will consider our ethical obligations to incarcerated individuals during a pandemic as well as challenges of releasing individuals without allowing the virus to spread further.

View the session recording here.

May 19, 2020 | Slavery, Race and Covid-19 | NUI Galway Moore Institute

Presented by the NUI Galway Moore Institute as part of the COVID-19 Response Webinar.

The unfolding coronavirus crisis ahs revealed deep structure of inequality manifested in the death toll in the United States and other counties. This seminar examines patterns of racism and legacies of slavery that have informed the pandemic, especially in the US and UK. Participants include Enrico Dal Lago (NUI Galway), Eric Foner (Columbia), Kerry Sinanan (University of Texas at San Antonio), and Koritha Mitchell (Ohio State University).

View the session recording here.

May 14, 2020 | Pandemic Means the Whole World: COVID-19 and Global Bioethics | Georgetown University

Presented by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.

Pandemic means the whole world. Our webinar turns the focus of discussion toward concerns raised by the COVID-19 / new corona virus pandemic for the people outside the Global North. Many regions of the world face the virus with few high-tech medical resources, strained or absent healthcare options, more density of populations or populations on the move, and existing socio-economic disadvantages.

Moderated by bioethicist Daniel Sulmasy, expert panelists Mark Dybul, Lawrence Gostin, and David Hollenbach will raise key issues, offer insights and discuss a range of medical, legal, public health and social justice concerns. Claudia Ruiz Sotomayor reports on the pandemic for Mayan communities in Mexico and Alban Pascal Noudjom Tchana considers its impact on the citizens of Cameroon.

View the session recording here.

May 10, 2020 | Racial Capitalism and the COVID-19 Catastrophe | Right to Health

In the second Right toHealth Web-In ‘Racial Capitalism and the COVID-19 Catastrophe,’ we unpack what’s led to the appalling inequalities in COVID-19 outcomes along many social fault lines, but perhaps most perniciously along the lines of race in America.  Dr. Mary Bassett, Luz Zambrano, Professor Ruha Benjamin, and Jaron Benjamin, were bold, truthful and unapologetic in their remarks.

View the session recording here.

May 1, 2020 | Health, Inequity, and COVID-19

Presented by Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

International experience in recent months has powerfully illustrated that the COVID-19 virus has particularly harmful and disproportionate effects on already vulnerable populations. Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discuss inequity and public health in the time of COVID-19, exploring how the virus encounters existing inequalities, replicates these inequalities, and, in many cases, amplifies them.

View the session recording here.

April 16, 2020 | Health & Human Rights in the Era of Covid-19: What are the Ethical Issues?

Presented by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies Program in Bioethics

To watch the recording of the online panel discussion about human rights and the ethical questions emerging in the COVID-19 emergency, click here.

April 16, 2020 | Racial Disparities and COVID-19

Presented by Physicians for Human Rights.

COVID-19 is inequitably impacting racial and ethnic sub-populations in the United States, with African Americans and other underrepresented groups contracting and dying of COVID-19 at markedly disproportionate rates.

To learn more and watch other past webinars on COVID-19, visit PHR's dedicated COVID-19 page.

April 14, 2020 | Disability, COVID-19, and Triage: Exploring Resource Allocation and the Framing of Disability

Presented by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

The COVID-19 Pandemic is raising difficult to answer questions regarding the allocation of scare resources, such as ventilators. Providers are struggling to triage access to ventilators ethically. Some have argued that we should consider health status and maximizing health outcomes. Others counter that using health status to determine access would discriminate against people living with disabilities, relegating them to second class status.

The Petrie-Flom Center’s book Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics (Cambridge University Press, April 2020) seeks to understand how our framing of disability influences medical and legal policies such as resource allocation. To mark the launch of our volume and to reflect the COVID-19 health care landscape, we gathered several of our authors and editors to explore the question of ventilator allocation in regard to people living with disabilities. Our panel considered how our framing of disability influences triaging choices and how we can best ensure the ethical and non-discriminatory distribution of limited, life-saving resources.

View the session recording here.

March 4 | When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus | National Public Radio Code Switch

This Code Switch Podcast was presented by National Public radio.

The global response to COVID-19 has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: xenophobia.

Listen to Podcast here.