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Dr. Laura Palombi (center) standing holding framed award, flanked by Amy Westbrook, director of Public Health on Laura's right, and Commissioner Frank Jewell, who chairs the Health and Human Service Committee.

Congratulations to our afilliate faculty member, Laura Palombi, who received the St. Louis County Public Health Achievement Award in recognition of the extensive work she has done in the area of substance abuse prevention and intervention. Palombi is also an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy Duluth. Palombi has also provided leadership in training people on how to use naloxone to treat people experiencing an opioid overdose. You can read more about her achievement here...

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Center for Bioethics is hiring! Job Code: 329789

The Center for Bioethics is seeking a part-time adjunct faculty to assist with day to day operations of the UMMC Clinical Ethics Consultation Service and manage the implementation of the strategic plan for enhancing the service. This adjunct appointment does not include teaching or research.

Responsibilities
• Conduct clinical ethics consults at UMMC-Fairview, carrying the pager to respond to requests for consults
• Create an implementation plan and carry out implementation of the Center’s strategic plan for enhancing the clinical ethics consult service

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Star Tribune: UMN bioethicist John Song dies at 55 | Song, an internist, for years ran a free medical clinic for the uninsured and underinsured. 

“He was a piece of magic,” Liaschenko said. Read up on Dr. John Song and his passion and dedication for serving the under-served by clicking here.

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Photo of John Song, MD in white coat

The Center for Bioethics mourns the passing of John Song, MD, MPH, MAT. John joined our faculty in the Center for Bioethics and Department of Medicine in 2000. Although he left us far too early, he nevertheless created an inspiring legacy of staunch advocacy for disadvantaged people, compassionate care for all, devoted mentorship for students, and generous collegiality.

John’s research and clinical practice reflected his strong commitment to justice and equity. His research focused primarily on the needs of homeless persons. He had a strong clinical background in caring for this...

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Affiliate faculty member Eileen Weber, DNP, JD presented for the Department of Medicine's Grand Rounds on: “Healthcare Legal Partnerships: Advancing Health Equity." 

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Moos Tower 2-520 515 Delaware Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Speaker: Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH | Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota

Join us on Friday April 19 for an Ethics Grand Rounds talk on the following topic:

Advance care planning supports patient-centered decision-making by discussing goals, values, and preferences for future medical care.  This process involves three key stakeholders: the patient, their surrogate decision-maker, and their clinicians. How do the stakeholder roles change when the patient is an adolescent who has the capacity but not the legal right to make medical decisions?  Dr. Jennifer Needle, a Pediatric Intensive Care physician from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and faculty member in the Center for Bioethics, will address this question from the perspectives of these stakeholders in the context of adolescent advance care planning. She will review the literature on the benefits and barriers to effective advance care planning, discuss clinician, patient, and surrogate perspectives on medical decision-making in adolescent patients, and discuss future areas of research to support adolescent patients and their families in making informed medical decisions.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Minnesota's Medical School.

No reservation required. Questions? Contact the coordinator at: jaco0947@umn.edu

 

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This is the first session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
2-690 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Session Description: We know that what impacts health lies largely outside of normal healthcare delivery. We call these the negative social determinants of health. One in six people with low incomes need legal help to overcome these determinants and improve their health. Restoring food stamps when wrongfully denied to a diabetic can eliminate the need for a kidney transplant. Demanding that a landlord remove mold from substandard housing can reduce the need for emergency asthma care. Such interventions can also reduce overall healthcare costs. Healthcare Legal Partnerships exist to meet needs like these by adding lawyers to the healthcare team in various settings. The University of Minnesota helped pioneer this model of care in the 1990s. The HLP Collaborative in Minnesota was founded by nursing educator Dr. Eileen Weber, who is also an attorney, so HLPs in our region can share best practices and increase awareness, education and outreach of this effective interprofessional care model. Her presentation will offer HLP strategies and resources to help those who work to advance health equity.

Register here: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/BioethicsMBA2019

Individual Sessions: 
Adults/General Public: $10 Advance / $15 at Door
Students: $5 
Online registration ends at 4:30 pm the night before. Walk-in registration begins 6 pm the day of the event.

Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged.

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This is the second session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
2-690 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Session Description: Health researchers have studied “stem cell tourism” to clinics in countries such as China, India, Mexico, Thailand, and the Ukraine but more recently, studies have found hundreds of clinics here in the U.S. selling unapproved and unproven stem cell interventions. Many of these clinics do not sell FDA-approved stem cell products or have credible  evidence supporting their marketing claims.  This direct-to-consumer approach to selling unproven and unlicensed cell-based products prompts troubling concerns about patient safety, the manipulation of hope in advertising, and the gap between the current state of stem cell research and the purported therapies these clinics market.

In this talk, Leigh Turner, PhD, will describe the U.S. direct-to-consumer marketplace for stem cell interventions and explore ethical issues related to the increase in U.S. clinics selling stem cell treatments. The presentation will also cover regulation of stem cell-based products, FDA enforcement activity, and lawsuits filed by former patients of U.S. stem cell clinics. 

Register here: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/BioethicsMBA2019

Individual Sessions:
Adults/General Public: $10 Advance / $15 at Door
Students: $5
Online registration ends at 4:30 pm the night before. Walk-in registration begins 6 pm the day of the event.

Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged.

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This is the third session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
2-690 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Session Description forthcoming | Talk by Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH

Register here: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/BioethicsMBA2019

Individual Sessions:
Adults/General Public: $10 Advance / $15 at Door
Students: $5
Online registration ends at 4:30 pm the night before. Walk-in registration begins 6 pm the day of the event.

Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged.