Conversations About Ethics

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The Ethics of Tragedy: Families, Childbirth and Maternal Mortality

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., a leading bioethicist and Dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School

There is a rising trend of maternal mortality which raises serious ethical and moral issues about our care for women and their families. This talk will describe this trend and its impact. We will explore the religious and Scriptural sources for our concern, and reflect on some of the social choices that have contributed to these cases.

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The Thief of the Future: The Ethical Puzzle of Maternal Mortality

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., a leading bioethicist and Dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School

Texas' maternal mortality rate is the highest in not only the U.S., but the developed world. Dr. Laurie Zoloth will explore the ethical issues of this trend and discuss the validity of different approaches to address the problem and the values that undergird possible solutions.

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Ethical Issues In Palliative Care: Skilled Conversations

Palliative care comes alongside families, as an invited guest, to walk with them through what can be a painfully difficult journey. It offers a support system that affirms life and regards dying as a normal process and helps individuals and families cope with the difficulties of living with chronic disease.

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Ethical Issues in Palliative Care: Transforming Health Care for an Aging Society

Diane Meier, MD, FACP

Evening lecture for our conversation on Ethical Issues in Palliative Care. Palliative care focuses on enhancing quality of life -- through relief of symptoms, pain and stress -- for those experiencing one or more serious chronic illness, and it also ensure that families and other caregivers get the support they need. This is increasingly important as more people are living years, or even decades, with serious illnesses.

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The Promotor Model: the ethical imperative to include patients in improving individual and community health

America Bracho, MD, MPH

In this presentation leading public health expert, America Bracho, will discuss the elements of this model and how it offers mechanisms for individual inclusion and community participation in respectful ways that honor their right to self-determination, justice, tangible benefits, and to contribute to solutions to the problems that have an impact on their health and wellness.

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Including communities in promoting mental health in ways that honor principles of self-determination, benefit, justice and equity

America Bracho, MD, MPH

Drawing from America Bracho's experience at Latina Health Access, people are experts in their lives, and we are obligated to creating mechanisms for them to help themselves and help others. Ethical principles of respect, inclusion and self-determination are at the core of these views.

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When Memory Deceives: Current and emerging trends in memory manipulation

Joseph LeDoux

We depend on memory in daily life. It allows us to use the past to help inform the present and future. Yet, memory is based on change. This is both its virtue and its vice.

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