What does social justice require for the public's health? Public health ethics and policy imperatives

Lawrence O. Gostin, Madison Powers

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Abstract

Justice is so central to the mission of public health that it has been described as the field's core value. This account of justice stresses the fair disbursement of common advantages and the sharing of common burdens. It captures the twin moral impulses that animate public health: to advance human well-being by improving health and to do so particularly by focusing on the needs of the most disadvantaged. This Commentary explores how social justice sheds light on major ongoing controversies in the field, and it provides examples of the kinds of policies that public health agencies, guided by a robust conception of justice, would adopt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1060
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

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What does social justice require for the public's health? Public health ethics and policy imperatives. / Gostin, Lawrence O.; Powers, Madison.

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Gostin, Lawrence O. ; Powers, Madison. / What does social justice require for the public's health? Public health ethics and policy imperatives. In: Health Affairs. 2006 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 1053-1060.
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