COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming: Are We Ready for Ethical, Equitable Distribution?


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Brittaney J. Bethea, MPH, CCPH
The Morehouse School of Medicine
National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)

Brittaney Bethea is the director of Communications and Dissemination for the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (www.msm.edu/ncrn), funded by the U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. In this role she oversees the day-to-day communication and dissemination operations of the program across brand and website development, advertising, media relations and applied health communications research.

Ms. Bethea provides strategic oversight to small and large-scale communication and marketing initiatives within the public health and health care industries. She brings a hybrid background in social science research, public health practice and marketing strategy over 10 years' experience with health communication and social marketing campaigns funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). 

She consults client partners who operate in a wide range of professional settings (academic institutions, community-based organizations, federal agencies, and for-profit corporations), enjoying collaborations with colleagues from various backgrounds— health scientists, policy advocates, technology enthusiasts, visual creatives and media mavens—to translate complex health information into digestible and action-inspiring content across traditional and digital mass media channels (PSAs, video games, web and mobile apps).

Her skill set includes strategic planning and partnership cultivation, research translation and dissemination strategy, digital product and social marketing program development, as well as applied communications research and training.

Ms. Bethea is currently enrolled in a doctorate program in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University, with an emphasis on the health communication, researching the intersection of media, societal perceptions and subsequent health behaviors. She has a master of public health degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor of arts in sociology degree from Spellman College.

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Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D.
Director, Professor, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
Saint Louis University

Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D. is professor of health care ethics and director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. His research interests include the philosophy of human nature and its application to issues at the margins of life; ethical issues related to end-of-life care, genetics, and health care allocation; and the philosophical thought of Thomas Aquinas. He is the author of Thomistic Principles and BioethicsThe Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas' Summa Theologiae, and The Nature of Human Persons: Metaphysics and Bioethics, as well as editor of Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics.

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Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D.
Director, Ethics
Catholic Health Association

Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, Ph.D., is director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. In this role, he provides research and suggested implementation of the church's moral tradition for CHA member organizations in areas of clinical and organizations ethics. Together with CHA's senior director of theology and ethics, Nathaniel creates educational and formational programming on moral theology and its relationship to current topics for the Catholic health ministry.

Prior to joining CHA in 2017, Nathaniel earned his Ph.D. from the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, where he researched organizational ethics, bioethics and Catholic health care ethics. He also taught an undergraduate course on Foundations in Health Care Ethics. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and theology and a master's degree in theological studies from Boston College. He also has a master's degree in health care ethics from Saint Louis University.

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Daniel F. Hoft, M.D., Ph.D.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Daniel Hoft, MD, Ph.D., is professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. His specialty area is infectious diseases, which aligns with his research interest in vaccine development employing precision medicine methods. Dr. Hoft received his medical education from the University of Missouri and completed his internal medicine, infectious disease and Ph.D. training in microbiology/immunology from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. In 2018, he was named a fellow of the Academy of Science of St. Louis for excellence in public communication, mentoring, and leadership in the field of infectious diseases and vaccine research.

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Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
Executive Director
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan is executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, a position he has held since 2001. Previously, he served as chief operating officer for five years, and in other leadership positions for more than 17 years. He represents Catholic Charities agencies in public policy discussions about issues such as immigration, job development, housing and homeless services, youth development, preventive services, and foster care.

Monsignor Sullivan served as a member of the New York City Council Speaker's Commission on Homelessness, the Public Policy Committee of the New York State Catholic Conference, and has provided expert testimony about human service issues before Congressional committees. He served as a member of the NYC Mayor's Commission for Economic Opportunity, as well as the Governor’s Human Services Policy Transition Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Catholic Charities USA and serves on their Social Policy Committee. Monsignor Sullivan served as Co-Chair of Mayor de Blasio’s Human Services Transition Committee. He is on the Policy and Strategy Committee of the NY Human Services Council and Chairs its Disaster Preparedness Division.

Monsignor Sullivan hosts "JustLove," a weekly radio show broadcast nationally on SiriusXM satellite radio on topics of public policy, and civic and community engagement.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Monsignor Sullivan served as a parish priest at St. Elizabeth's Church in Washington Heights. He co-founded the Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, two neighborhood development organizations. He was a board member of many healthcare organizations including St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, the Carmel Richmond Housing Corporation and the St. Vincent de Paul Residence. During the 1990s, he served as Co-Chair of the Partnership for the Homeless.

Monsignor Sullivan received a master’s degree in public administration at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, and a doctorate in public administration at New York University. He graduated cum laude from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception. He has taught in graduate programs at the Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame where he was a consultant to the dean for the revision of its graduate program in non-profit management. He has taught at New York University and the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University. Monsignor Sullivan’s doctoral dissertation on assessing non-profit effectiveness was submitted by the New York University faculty for national competition.