Event Calendar

National Healthcare Decisions Day

APRIL 16, 2020

They say, the only thing guaranteed in life is “Death and Taxes”. Which is why National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th (just after the tax deadline).

Not talking to a loved one about healthcare can feel like an ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

But National Healthcare Decisions Day is a comforting opportunity for you to take a few minutes to speak to a loved one about their Healthcare Wishes.

Annual Dinner

APRIL 21, 2020

Quality healthcare relies on ethics-rich environments. Ethics-rich environments rely on ethics champions. From CEOs and clinical staff to volunteers serving on ethics committees, healthcare institutions need ethics champions at all levels of the organization.

 Find out how ETHICS CONSULTATION services help patients, families and providers avert potentially tragic outcomes.

Learn about ethics, equity and the JUST DELIVERY OF HEALTHCARE at an after-dinner conversation with Erika Blacksher, PhD.

Honor ETHICS CHAMPIONS – volunteers representing providers throughout Greater Kansas City – who work behind the scenes to ensure that our loved ones are cared for in ethics-rich environments.


Based on the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Sunday evening, March 15, 2020, the Center’s Annual Dinner will not be held on April 21, 2020. Registration for this event is suspended in accordance with the guidance. We appreciate your understanding and will continue our work to support providers and the public in complying with health authorities’ guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We ask your patience in our determining the feasibility of rescheduling. We will update you when we can. 

The Center remains open, and will provide support remotely, virtually and when requested in-person at facilities while adhering to the recommendations for vulnerable populations.  

A KC Town Hall

MARCH 31, 2020
5:30 PM –8:30 PM

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU)
1750 Independence Ave., Academic Center Room 200
Kansas City, MO

You are invited to join us for THE GENE: A KC Town Hall on March 31 when leaders and ethicists from the Center for Practical Bioethics along with local researchers, medical students and patients will examine Kansas City’s role in genetic research. Moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines, participants will explore the ethics and nagging questions over who benefits from genetic research and who is left behind. THE GENE: A KC Town Hall will air on KCPT Channel 19 at 7:30 p.m. on April 9.  

THE GENE: An Intimate History, a two-part documentary series on the quest to decipher the master code of instructions that defines humans, will air on KCPT Channel 19 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on April 7 and 14. Key moments in the documentary, presented by Ken Burns, include the birth of genetics, discovery of the structure of DNA, identification of the first genes that cause human illnesses, the excesses of eugenics in Germany and the United States, recent attempts to change the genetic material of human embryos, and breakthroughs in our understanding of how genes impact heredity, disease and behavior.  

There is no charge to participate in the Town Hall event, but you must register using the link below. Park in Lot G on the South side of Independence Avenue between Highland and The Paseo and follow signage to the Academic Center. For questions about location and parking, call 816-654-7000.


Online Registration

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