Responding to infectious diseases and public health risks
Since 2019 our experience of life on earth has changed dramatically. There have been more public health emergencies—pandemics, floods, fires and other disasters—and these emergencies are increasingly severe. This is forcing governments, health authorities and individuals to consider how best to respond. There is often no clear solution, and different courses of action can benefit some and burden others. In this theme, we ask questions about how people are adapting to our changing circumstances and what values are important to the public acceptability and legitimacy of proposed solutions.
ACHEEV explores how emerging public health risks are changing the way people live—with each other, and with other animals—and how these risks should be managed. By conducting high quality social and deliberative research, as well as policy and ethics analyses, we can develop recommendations about what should be done.
We are especially focused on how public health policies and programs can reflect and respond to the values of diverse communities, and can ensure they are fair and legitimate.