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Healthcare Ethics Consortium - Ethics Consultation Roundtable
(May  17, 2022)

An interactive discussion on ethics consultations that addressed the following issues/concerns/how-to's:
 - What issues/concerns are you encountering in responding to ethics consult requests?
 - Are adequate people resources available to support ethics consults? Do those covering consults feel they have the knowledge base/are equipped to provide consultation?
 - What knowledge areas and skills would you like further information/training about?
 - What would be most beneficial?
 - What ethics consult issues have been most challenging to address?
 - Do colleagues at your organization value ethics consultation as a resource? Why or why not?
 - How does ethics work collaboratively with colleagues in other services like palliative care, pastoral care, legal services, etc.
 - Is it time for innovation in how to address ethical issues beyond calling for an ethics consult? 

Thank you to our facilitators of clinical ethicists from various healthcare systems for helping to facilitate these discussions:
Carol Harvey, MS, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, HEC-C. Clinical Specialist; Co-Chair, Ethics Consultation Service, Northside Hospital
Kathy Kinlaw, MDiv, HEC-C. HEC Director. Director of Ethics, Emory Healthcare 
Beth Sivertsen, MBE, CCRN, HEC-C. Grady Medical Ethicist
Kevin Wack, JD, MA, MTS, HEC-C. Clinical Ethicist, Emory Healthcare 


Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2022 Annual Conference
Healthcare Ethics in an Age of Mistrust and Uncertainty 

(March 9 - 10, 2022)

Exploring the ways in which mistrust and uncertainty thrive within healthcare, affecting caregivers, patients, and families. Discussing how challenges to trust relate both to the COVId-19 pandemic and to long-standing systems and practices, including racial and cultural inequities within the institution of healthcare. 

Conference sessions addressed ethical issues surrounding mistrust and uncertainty and their repercussions, especially within vulnerable patient communities, with an emphasis on practical engagement and constructive approaches to take back to our organizational settings. We identified strategies to build trust, acknowledge and address vocational distress, and build moral resilience, both for individual healthcare professionals and within healthcare systems. 

Bioethics Seminar: Bioethics and Drug Discovery: Interface Towards Saving Lives
(February 24, 2022)

Dr. Gavegnano spoke about the role of bioethics across bench-to-bedside drug discovery, including in a pandemic setting. She will discuss her own bench-to-bedside success of baricitinib for treatment of viral infections, and the bioethical hurdles associated with worldwide approval of baricitinib of COVID-19. 

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2021 Annual Conference
Healthcare Ethics: Responding to the Many Faces of Suffering

(March 17 - 18, 2021)

Addressing both enduring issues in clinical ethics as well as the ways in which COVID-19 has challenged the caring landscape. With speakers, panelists, poster presenters and participants we explored the nature of suffering in healthcare providers.

Featured Speakers
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Tammie E. Quest, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Cory Labrecque, PhD, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada 
Nneke O. Sederstrom, PhD, Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Travis Rieder, PhD, John Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Ethics as a Resource During a Continually Evolving Public Health Emergency
(July 7, 2020)

The last few months have presented many challenges as transmission of COVID-19 affected individual patients, families, healthcare providers, healthcare systems, and our communities at large. Healthcare providers have many stories to share addressing provision of care for increasing numbers of extremely ill patients, limitations on visitors, expansion of ICU bed availability, PPE access, an ever-evolving understanding of the virus, dedicated and weary staff, critical care resources, and more. Ethics has been, and continues to be, a resource in decision making around resource allocation processes, effective and transparent communication, provider safety in providing treatment, healthcare equity, and more.



Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19: Two Pandemics?
(August 12, 2020)

Longstanding inequity in healthcare access and the influence of social determinants of health have become increasingly visible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Particular racial and ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the emerging racial disparity in rates of diagnosis and dying is startling. Obtaining accurate, publicly available data on the prevalence of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths by race and ethnicity has been challenging. Concern about availability of intensive care resources raises questions about fair allocation processes against the backdrop of health disparities and systemic racism. In this continually evolving pandemic, what steps can we take now to deeply recognize and address disparity and to sustain action in the future?

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Webinar on Anti-Racism
(September 16, 2020)

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research and New York Times bestselling author of How To Be An Antiracist, addresses our individual responsibility to create a more just and equitable society through the transformative concept of Antiracism. Our moderator was Dr. Carol Anderson, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. Dr. Kendi’s webinar was the inaugural James W. Fowler Ethics event, honoring Dr. James “Jim” Fowler, the first full-time director of the Center for Ethics, whose life and work exemplified moral courage.

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An Interview with Dr. Carol Anderson
(October 26, 2020)

An Interview with Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and Author of One Person, One Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy

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