Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Developing a Multi-Institutional Policy for Zika


Project Description


The recent rise of Zika has attracted worldwide attention, largely for its potential to cause serious birth defects. The rapid spread of the disease has created challenges across the healthcare system. This project will first identify the obstacles hospitals and healthcare providers currently face in testing, caring for, and advising patients about Zika. Then, working with an Advisory Committee representing hospital leadership across the Texas Medical Center, we will propose policies to address the most pressing obstacles to an effective Zika response. These proposed policies will be disseminated throughout the TMC, and with partners at the University of Miami.

Supported by: Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute


Project Personnel


Stephanie Morain, Ph.D., M.P.H., Principal Investigator

Courtenay Bruce, J.D., M.A., Co-Investigator
Catherine (Carey) Eppes, M.D., Co-Investigator
Savitri Fedson, M.D., Co-Investigator
Rebecca Lunstroth, J.D., M.A., Co-Investigator
Jean Raphael, M.D., Co-Investigator

Kjersti Aagaard, M.D., Consultant
Joslyn Fisher, M.D., Consultant
Martha Rac, M.D., Consultant




Morain SR, Wootton SH, Eppes C. A Devastating Delay - Zika and the Implementation Gap. N Engl J Med. 2017.




Morain SM. CDC-Zika Update Roundtable. Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting. Dallas, TX. 2018

Morain SM. Health System Challenges & Zika: A Houston Case Study. University of Miami Zika Symposium. Miami, FL. 2017

Morain SM. Zika & Health Policy Challenges. Houston Health Department Zika Birth Defects Symposium. Houston, TX. 2017

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