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Erika Blacksher, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington. Her research examines the ethical and policy implications of the social determinants of health and social inequalities in health. She is particularly interested in these issues as they relate to U.S. health reform, theories of social justice in public health, the ethics of health promotion, and participatory and deliberative processes of public engagement. After completing her PhD in bioethics at the University of Virginia, Blacksher spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Columbia University and then three years at The Hastings Center as a research scholar for public health ethics and policy.
Select Recent Publications:
- Blacksher E. Redistribution and recognition: Pursing social justice in public health. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 21, no. 3, 2012:320-331.
- Blacksher E, et al. What is public deliberation? Hastings Center Report 42, no. 2, 2012:14-17.
- Blacksher E, Lovasi G. Place-focused physical activity research, human agency, and social justice in public health: Taking agency seriously in studies of the built environment. Health & Place 2011, doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.018.019.
- Blacksher E, Rigby E, Espey C. Public values, health inequality, and alternative notions of a “fair” response. Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law 35, no. 6, 2010:889-920.
- Blacksher E. Health reform and health equity: sharing responsibility for health in the United States. Hofstra L Rev 39, 2010: 41-58.
- Blacksher E. Health: The value at stake. Hastings Center Report, Special Supplement, 2009:27-29.
- Blacksher E. Children’s health inequalities: Ethical and political challenges to seeking social justice. Hastings Center Report 38, no. 4, 2008:28-35.
- Blacksher E. Carrots and sticks to promote healthy behaviors: A policy update. Hastings Center Report 38, no. 3, 2008:13-16.
- Blacksher E. Healthcare disparities: The salience of social class. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 17, no. 2, 2008:143-153.
- Blacksher E. On being poor and feeling poor: Low SES and the moral self. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23, no. 6, 2002:455-470.
Select Invited Talks and Seminars
- Health Equity, Public Values, and Public Deliberation. McMaster University, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Seminar. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. February 21, 2012.
- Distributive Equity and Equal Recognition: Demands of and Challenges to Social Justice in Public Health. American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. November 9, 2010.
- Deliberative and Participatory Processes in Public Health: A Comparative and Ethical Assessment. University of Michigan, Public Deliberation, Ethics, and Health Policy: Advancing a New Research Field. Ann Arbor, Michigan. September 10-11, 2010.
- Health Reform and Health Equity: Sharing Responsibility for Health in the United States. Hofstra University, New Directions in American Health Care: Innovations from Home and Abroad Conference. Hempstead, New Jersey. March 11-12, 2010.
- Mount Holyoke College, “Rethinking Healthcare” Conference, “Reorienting U.S. Health Reform Toward Health for All,” South Hadley, Massachusetts, October 14, 2009.
- E. Blacksher. “The Ethics of Healthy Behavior Programs.” Yale University, Center for Bioethics Summer Intern Seminar Series, New Haven, Connecticut. June 30, 2009.
- E. Blacksher. “Informed Consent: Communication, Documentation, and the ‘Drift from Agency.’” University of Missouri, Compliance and Quality Seminar Series. Columbia, Missouri. May 20, 2009.
- E. Blacksher. “The Poor State of Americans’ Health and Health Care: A Matter of Social Justice.” Kansas Health Ethics, Statewide Conference. Wichita, Kansas. April 3, 2009.
- E. Blacksher. “When Life Makes You Sick: The Social Determinants of Health and the Ethical Implications for Health Care,” Brown University, Ethics Night. Providence, Rhode Island. January 14, 2009.
BH 456, Social Justice and Health
BH 597, When Life Makes You Sick: Ethics and the Social Determinants of Health
BH 527, Methods in Bioethics