Pandemic Policies and Practices: A Conversation About the Ethical Concerns of People with Disabilities


This recorded webinar examines the particular ethical concerns that this pandemic raises relating to people with disabilities. These include questions of access to healthcare, policies within the healthcare system (such as the allocation of ventilators), and the risks for people with disabilities associated with ‘reopening’ the economy. Throughout her career, Professor Crossley has closely examined questions of justice in the healthcare system for people with disabilities and the legal and policy responses. Join Mary Crossley, JD and Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD of the University of Pittsburgh as they discuss concerns most pressing for those with disabilities during this pandemic.
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Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health and clinical professionals, attorneys, researchers, students, and others interested in learning more about pandemic preparedness.
Elizabeth Van Nostrand, JD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy at Temple College of Public Health. She is the co-author of public health emergency preparedness bench books and manuals for the District of Columbia, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. As a Legal Epidemiologist, Van Nostrand’s current and recent research projects include using law as data for network analysis during emergency preparedness and response events, denoting legal barriers to primary care access after Super Storm Sandy, and identifying interventions used by Problem Solving Courts that impact morbidity and mortality for individuals with substance use disorder.
Mary Crossley, JD’s research focuses on issues of inequality in the healthcare system, particularly on disability discrimination and racial health disparities. In journals such as Columbia Law Review, Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and the Yale Journal of Health Policy Law & Ethics, for example, she has published articles examining issues of structural discrimination in the American healthcare system, how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to healthcare settings, and approaches to mitigating health inequity. Crossley previously served as the dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law, where she currently teaches courses including Health Law & Policy, Torts, and a seminar she designed, Health Justice.
Technology Requirements
This recorded webinar is presented through the Vimeo Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required.
Creation Date
This training was recorded June 9, 2020.
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