Population Health & Deliberative Democracy Resources

Hastings Center

Democracy in Crisis

Erika Blacksher and Sean A. Valles co-authored “White Privilege, White Poverty: Reckoning with Class and Race in America,” which was published as part of a special report from the Hastings Center’s project Democracy in Crisis: Civic Learning and the Reconstruction of Common Purpose.

Online Resources

Democratic Deliberations on Equitable Vaccine Distribution

The New York Academy of Medicine partnered with the New York City Department of Health to hold online public deliberations—three in English, two in Spanish—in December 2020 and January 2021 with a cross section of New Yorkers to provide ethical guidance on equitable vaccine distribution. Participants were provided with expert information, including a presentation by Dr. Erika Blacksher, the Center’s John B. Francis Chair, on different ways to think about distributive fairness.

Civic Engagement and Civic Infrastructure to Advance Health Equity

During Spring and Summer 2021, Dr. Erika Blacksher served on a National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) committee to plan a workshop held on June 14-15, "Civic Engagement and Civic Infrastructure to Advance Health Equity.” With some 500 people participating, the workshop explored the relationships between civic and political engagement and health. Dr. Blacksher worked with her colleagues to design the workshop’s concluding activity, a “mini-deliberation” in which a subset of participants weighed in on the question: Which civic infrastructure investments are most important to advance health equity.

To learn more about our Public Engagement and Democratic Deliberation program work, click here.

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