Members of the Center’s faculty work through formal contracts, consultation work, and membership on working groups to promote ethical health policy. This work includes ethics guidance for public health emergency plans for the State of Minnesota, oversight of emerging stem cell therapies, and work on health disparities and access to care for underserved populations.
In addition, the Center fosters public discussion about ethical issues through many community engagement activities. Each year we offer Mini Bioethics Academy, our community education series, and other public symposia. We engage the news media in their coverage of current events related to bioethics. We have hosted an annual bioethics activity at the Minnesota State Fair. We view community engagement to be an essential component of the Center’s mission given the cultural relevance of bioethics issues and the Land Grant mission of the University.