Justice in Health


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Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School, discusses the concept of "Just Health" and the structural barriers that need to be overcome to achieve it.


Discussion Questions

1. Dr. Matthew starts with defining “justice.” When you think of “justice,” what first came to mind? How did that change, if at all, after viewing the video?

2. There are many different formulations of “justice.” Dr. Matthew prefers a Rawlsian view. What does that mean and what justifies her choice? What formulation would you choose and why?

3. What does Dr. Matthew mean by “just health”? Why factors impede our ability to achieve “just health”? What actions are needed to achieve “just health”?

Selected Resources

Dayna Bowen Matthew, Just Health: Treating Structural Racism to Heal America (NYU Press, 2022).

Kate E. Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson, Social Science & Medicine, 128: 316-26 (2015).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Social Determinants of Health, https://health.gov/healthypeople/priority-areas/social-determinants-health

National Academy of Medicine, What are the Social Determinants of Health? Young Leaders Visualize Health Equality, https://nam.edu/programs/culture-of-health/young-leaders-visualize-health-equity/what-are-the-social-determinants-of-health/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuaiXBhCCARIsAKZLt3ktDn9w6WpUgHwCcc4zRzJsDLaROaHUzSTgV4xJMb0Aq5GxZAfnYT8aAvJAEALw_wc

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