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Message from the Director

Dr. Reeves Welcome to the Center for Urban Bioethics housed in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Our vision is to see health equity across all urban communities. ‘Urban’ refers to spaces characterized by density, diversity, and disparities. ‘Bioethics’ helps us describe what minoritized populations experience as we shine a spotlight on the health inequities to which society has become desensitized. When considered together, ‘Urban Bioethics’ reflects the Center’s belief that health disparities are, at their core, fundamentally unethical.

The Center for Urban Bioethics' teams are interdisciplinary and interprofessional, consisting of physicians, clinicians, juris doctorates, social workers, anthropologists, community health workers, credible community messengers, and more. Collectively we work towards eliminating health inequity through education and research. We are dedicated to assuring that all Center programs are community engaged, trauma informed and culturally aware. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our initiatives.

With its abundance of academic medical centers, Philadelphia should be one of the healthiest cities in the nation, yet health disparities persist in the city at levels surpassing national averages. Health status is especially troubling in North Philadelphia, where a disproportionately high number of residents suffer from preventable and treatable health conditions. It is our mission to foster North Philadelphia’s capacity for health, to prepare a workforce to address local health inequities, and to be a model for academic and health systems in other urban areas.

We look forward to working with you,

Kathleen Reeves, MD, FAAP
Chair and Professor, Urban Bioethics and Population Science
Director and Professor, Center for Urban Bioethics
Professor, Clinical Pediatrics