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The Nurse

She cares for seriously ill patients

but feels ill-equipped to address conflicts about their treatment.

As a member of the Center’s Ethics Committee Consortium,

she’s learning ways to bring patients and families back from the brink of despair.

The Teacher

The high school teacher, who is African American, has skin cancer.

Her treatment was delayed due to misdiagnosis

by an algorithm trained primarily on light-skinned individuals.

The Ethical AI Project is developing tools to detect and prevent biased algorithms.

The Immigrant

With family faraway, the man, comatose due to COVID complications

doesn’t comprehend American healthcare.

Clinicians think he should receive a trach and peg feeding tube.

An Ethics Consultation is requested to help decide.

The Young Clinician

The resident feels unprepared to address ethical issues.

How to discuss bad news with a patient? How to talk to a family in crisis?

She turns to Clinical Ethics Services that her hospital

provides through the Center for Practical Bioethics.

For these people and others like them, you are part of the solution.

You help them by supporting ethics at the crossroads of decision.

You move the needle toward compassion, equity and justice.

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For the 2021 tax year, if you take the standard deduction and file jointly,

you can deduct up to $600 of cash donations to charity.

If you are a single filer, you can deduct up to $300.

COVID-19 Casts a Spotlight on the Long March to Justice in Healthcare

On March 7, 1965, the late John Lewis led more than 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Sister Rosemary Flanigan (second row, fourth from right) was on the frontlines of our country’s long march to justice.


A professor of philosophy at Rockhurst University, she turned her focus to healthcare ethics, serving three terms on the Center’s Board of Directors, including Board Chair, and as a staff program associate for 17 years before retiring in 2010.


COVID-19 cast a spotlight on the long march to justice in healthcare. This year, as Sister Rosemary celebrates her 95th birthday, the Center honors her legacy in the long march to social justice.

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