Mary Homan joined the faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Institute for Health and Equity in October 2017. She is a member of the REDIRECT project (Research in Early child Development to Improve Resiliency and Equity) where she hopes to better respond to the following question from a public health and bioethics framework: How do children who have or have not been resilient in the face of some type of adverse childhood event fare in terms of adverse outcomes?
"As the daughter of a biostatistician mom and moral theologian/ethicist dad, I have always had a passion for social justice and the preferential option for the poor operationalized in public health engagement. Joining the amazing faculty and staff at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Health and Equity seemed like the natural next step."
Mary had served as the director of ethics at Mercy West Communities from January 2013 to October 2017. She provided leadership for the clinical ethics service through consultation, education, and policy development for three (3) tertiary-care hospitals and seven (7) regional and critical access hospitals as well as provided support for outpatient services throughout Oklahoma. Mary designed and piloted the Mercy tele-ethics consultation service. She will continue in her ethics consultant role supporting the clinical ethics committee at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Mary is especially interested in understanding the shared decision-making process around life-sustaining treatment decisions with children who demonstrate decisional capacity.
Previously Mary was the director of mission & ethics for St. Francis Health Center, SCL Health System in Topeka, Kansas. Prior to her time at St. Francis, Mary was an evaluation & data analyst at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, a Center for Policy, Research, and Evaluation at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Saint Louis. Before MU, Mary worked as a research analyst for Controlling Asthma in St. Louis (CASL), a CDC funded demonstration site at the School of Public Health at Saint Louis University. Prior to her work at SLU, Mary taught computer training courses and worked as a librarian for the St. Louis Public Library.
Mary loves being a part of the community and has done everything from being a helper at the St. Nick’s Shoppe to an advisory board member and case reviewer for the Central Oklahoma Fetal and Infant Mortality Review. She served as chair of the Maternal and Child Section and board member at the Oklahoma Public Health Association. She co-founded and co-chaired the Central Oklahoma Bioethics and Palliative Care Consortium, a 30+ member organization representing 15 Central Oklahoma health care facilities. She was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Health Research Committee for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts in theological studies from Saint Louis University in 2004, a Master of Arts in systematic theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in 2006, and a master’s of science in health care ethics from Creighton University in 2013. She completed a doctorate in public health in 2017 at the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.