Community Education and Engagement

Community Education and Engagement

The Center’s vision that calls for ethical discourse and action to advance the health and dignity of all persons demands community engagement in meaningful ways.

Program Overview

The Center’s live and online resources – workshops, case studies, publications, webinars, and podcasts – engage citizen learners and other stakeholders in three ways.

  • Bioethics affects all of us, every day, so it’s important that we learn about its impact, even indirectly, through public health service and policy. Bioethics also hits home when we face illness, health crises, and death. Broad engagement for programs and services occurs with patients, families and clinicians as well as administrators, civic leaders and policymakers.
  • Engagement and education happen through our programs involving community-based participation where impacted persons actively respond, highlighting issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Sharing our insights, study findings, and what we’ve learned through engagement efforts with policy makers assists in the adoption of sound guidelines, more equitable regulations, and more inclusive legislation.

Lectures, Symposia and Forums

Traditionally, the Center’s annual Flanigan Lecture and Berkley Symposium honor two gifted leaders – Sister Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, a passionate ethics educator, and Joan Berkley, a devoted advocate for advance care planning. The Center recently established the Christopher Forum to honor our founding Executive, Myra J. Christopher, for her groundbreaking work in “applied bioethics.” The Center’s Annual Event fundraiser also incorporates a significant ethics educational component.

Workshops and Custom Training

More intense and intimate learning experiences through educational workshops focus on building ethics competencies and skills for professionals and others when the need arises to speak for those unable to speak for themselves.

  • Advance Care Planning training for Employees using their wellness benefits or for professionals and family members of those living in Long Term Care
  • Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP) training for providers in KS and MO communities involved in POLST programs.
  • Customized workshops for Organizational Ethics Committee volunteers and clinicians.
  • Medical ethics one-day workshops designed for health systems and professionals.

Featured Resources

Caring Conversations Webinars Spring 2023

Advance Care Planning Training — Open to Everyone
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 12 noon – 1 PM CT
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 12 noon – 1 PM CT
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 12 noon – 1 PM CT
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 12 noon – 1 PM CT

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