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Health Justice As a Tool to Fight Existing and Future Pandemics

June 7, 2023

CDC Conversations in Equity blog features the Principles of Trustworthiness

In a May 31 post on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Conversations in Equity blog, Maranda C. Ward, EdD, MPH, director of equity and assistant professor of clinical research and leadership at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, shares how she leads GWU's Two in One: HIV + COVID Screening and Testing Model using the frameworks of health justice and trustworthiness. Dr. Ward is one of thirteen AAMC CHARGE members who collaborated on the creation of the Principles of Trustworthiness, community video, and toolkit.

"Practitioners must learn to listen skillfully to their patients when they are describing their experiences and conditions," Dr. Ward writes. "This forms the basis for clinicians to collaborate and share power with patients to take an active role in their own care, and to make informed decisions about their treatment options."

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The Principles of Trustworthiness Toolkit

The Principles of Trustworthiness Toolkit is the center’s foundational ready-to-use framework and tools for organizations working to become trustworthy partners to their communities through humility, authenticity, intersectionality, and long-term commitment.

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