Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 574
  • April 3, 2019 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Seminar Series 2018-19

Speaker: Maxwell J. Smith, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies and Department of Philosophy, Western University, Consulting Ethicist, Health Ethics Alliance, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Policies outside of the health sector—in domains like education, finance, transportation, and housing—contribute to the background social conditions that shape the public’s health. As such, the aim of public health institutions to ‘reduce health inequities’ is in large part predicated on the willingness and capacity of non-health sectors to support and invest in this health goal. Governments and organizations are therefore increasingly interested in developing ‘intersectoral strategies on health equity’ to coordinate efforts across multiple sectors of government with the aim of reducing health inequities. In this presentation I will argue why such strategies are problematic, drawing from recent theoretical and empirical projects in this area, and will propose alternative directions for research, policy, and practice.

The Bioethics Seminars are free and open to the public. No registration is required. If you’re unable to attend in person, we also webcast them live and archive them on the JCB website.