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Moravian professor named Greenwall Fellow

Moeller to research the "political economy of health"

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—Dr. Carol Moeller, assistant professor of philosophy, has been awarded the Johns Hopkins University and the Georgetown University's Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy for September 2001 to August 2003. The fellowship will enable Moeller to pursue her interests in what she calls "the political economy of heath and well-being," in social equity and health, and concern with ethics in tension with corporate interests, especially with the rise of managed care.

Moeller has been granted a two-year leave from Moravian to complete this fellowship in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. During her absence, she will return to Moravian each semester to share what she is learning with the Moravian College community.

The fellowship includes support for individualized research, ongoing colloquia, and a year-long seminar in bioethics and health policy. In addition, it offers a "hands-on" component, such as an internship at a non-profit health advocacy organization or congressional committee, as well as work in clinical settings.

Moeller’s bioethics experience has been both academic and applied. As an AIDS activist with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power in Pittsburgh, Carol co-founded the Prevention Point Pittsburgh organization. This program specializes in AIDS prevention, education, and sponsors a needle exchange program. Prevention Point Pittsburgh is still in existence and is the longest-running of such networks. "Needle programs have proven effective in AIDS prevention," said Moeller. "They are critical in reaching under-served and at-risk populations, such as intravenous drug users and sex workers, who are otherwise outside of health promotion networks."