Ethics Talk: How Clinicians Can Use Their Skills and Authority to Promote Health Equity


The Flint water crisis raised questions about the extent to which health care professionals considered environmental health to be part of their scope of practice – and whether clinicians were sufficiently attuned to the voices of residents. This month, we are joined by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who describes how clinicians worked to expose the water crisis in Flint, and how health professions students can bridge the gap between individual and population health in their own work as clinicians. Then we talk with Dr. Camara Jones, who discusses clinicians’ broader obligations to promote health equity and reduce health disparities, and how clinicians can combat systemic injustice in their own communities.