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Fri, October 07, 2011

The University of Michigan Health System sent out a press release today describing the Institute of Medicine report on the future of the nation's health care.  In the report, two U-M health care initiatives were recommended to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; one of those initiatives was Susan Goold's Choosing Healthcare All Together (CHAT) simulation exercise that engages the public in setting health care priorities. 

Bioethics Grand Rounds with Jeffrey Punch, MD

Wed, September 24, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Ford Auditorium

Grand Rounds

Box Lunches will be provided courtesy of the Center For Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine.

This month's grand rounds features Jeffrey Punch, MD.

Please join us for a lively discussion of medical ethics. The Bioethics Grand Rounds is sponsored by the UMHS Adult Medical Ethics Committee and the Program of Society and Medicine. This educational session is open to all faculty and staff and members of the public. CME and CEU credit is available.

 

Bioethics Grand Rounds with Aisha Langford, PhD

Wed, December 10, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Ford Auditorium

Grand Rounds for December

Box Lunches will be provided courtesy of the Center For Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine.

This month's grand rounds features Aisha Langford, PhD.

Please join us for a lively discussion of medical ethics. The Bioethics Grand Rounds is sponsored by the UMHS Adult Medical Ethics Committee and the Program of Society and Medicine. This educational session is open to all faculty and staff and members of the public. CME and CEU credit is available.

 

Victor Strecher, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of health behavior & health education, SPH, and professor of health behavior, Family Medicine, was presented with the 2014 Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The James F. and Sarah T. Fries Foundation honored Strecher for pioneering the development of computer tailored health programs that have transformed the way people learn about and manage their health.

Jacob Seagull, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical education, was part of a team recognized as winners of the sixth-annual Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize for their development of a training portal to help health care professionals better understand the needs of at-risk populations. CaringWithCompassion.org is an online, modular curriculum that covers public healthcare systems and bio-psychosocial care for the underserved and is supplemented by a novel, game-based learning tool. Learn more...

Funded by Society of  Family Planning.

Funding Years: 2014

When abortion access is not legally and readily available, the health consequences for women are dire. However, contemporary abortion debate is so politicized that health consequences of abortion restrictions have receded to the background.

While it is important that physicians who are abortion-providers educate legislators and the public about evidence-based abortion care, they can be dismissed as having professional or financial conflicts of interest. In addition, their public advocacy may put them at risk of harassment or violence. Physicians who are not themselves abortion providers are less vulnerable to these claims and are well-positioned to move the health consequences of restrictive abortion policy to the center of legislative debates and public discourse.

The aim of this project is to explore the willingness/unwillingness of Michigan physicians across a range of medical specialties to speak openly about health consequences of restrictive state-level abortion laws. Further, the project will determine what kinds of tools or support would be necessary to mobilize physicians to do so.

We will conduct 6-8 focus groups with a total of 50 Michigan physicians who support legal abortion (though may oppose abortion personally) to determine what factors would influence their involvement in abortion advocacy. We will explore attitudes towards writing letters-to-the-editor/op-ed pieces in state publications; meeting with legislators; providing testimony in legislative hearings; raising their voices in their practices/academic departments/medical societies.

Focus groups will be recorded and transcribed, and we will perform qualitative analysis using Dedoose to identify salient themes. These data will help us determine if mobilizing physicians who are not abortion providers is a feasible strategy in responding to state-level restrictive legislation, and determine the kinds of support and toolkits necessary to do so. Our data may identify new strategies for responding to the proliferation of state-level abortion restrictions.

PI(s): Lisa Harris

 

PIHCD Working Group: Michael McKee

Wed, May 06, 2015, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: 
B004E NCRC Building 16

Michael McKee will be speaking about a grant proposal to help elucidate how stigmatization in health care affects the quality of health care and access to care among Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users and characterize their main sources.  Both preliminary and published data illustrate that Deaf ASL individuals report a repetitive pattern of negative experiences with health care providers and institutions.  Medical advancements and public health safety net systems have failed to achieve health equity for Deaf ASL users.

Faculty member Christian Vercler was published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (NIB), a journal which provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed-methods research articles, and case studies. His piece is titled "Surgical Virtue and More", and can be accessed here. Congratulations to Christian for taking the lead on this important issue. 

CBSSM Co-Director Raymond De Vries presented at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on Sept. 2 about how to insure that the public has a voice in creating bioethics policies.

The September 2nd Presidential Commission meeting in Washington, DC, including Dr. De Vries's talk on the topic of "Fostering and Measuring Success in Ethics and Deliberation", is now available to be viewed online.

The study "Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide of Patients With Psychiatric Disorders in the Netherlands 2011 to 2014", co-authored by Ray De Vries, was featured in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). JOTWELL is an online publication that highlights the best recent scholarship relevant to the law. You can view the article here.

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