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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Health Across Borders Conference Series 2021

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Event Overview

This year the Northwestern Bioethics & Medical Humanities annual conference will be held as a series of one-hour virtual sessions, spread over five weeks. The theme was chosen to stimulate conversation around how borders, both geographic and conceptual, can establish inclusion and exclusion, unity and conflict—ideas that have taken on new dimensions and urgency in the past year. 

Keynote Presentation

Cosponsored by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Institute for Global Health

EBOLA AND STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE
Thursday, June 3, 2021 • 12pm

Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Author of Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health (2020)

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Author of Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History (2020)

How do the specific histories and practices of global public health fundamentally shape the way epidemics unfold and inequality deepens? Our two physician-anthropologists speakers, Eugene Richardson and Paul Farmer, have engaged this question together over many years, working not only on the clinical frontlines of Ebola epidemics, but crafting analytic frameworks with which to make sense of those experiences. Join us as they draw on their respective new books to offer on-the-ground insights and critical tools for re-thinking the relationships—and lines of responsibility—between epidemics, inequality, and the field of public health.

Book covers

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Other Programming

Cosponsored by the Institute for Global Health

Following the keynote, each week will feature a three or four brief presentations on the theme or other current work in the field of bioethics and medical humanities.

Panel #1 • Thursday, June 10, 2021 • 12pm

Caregiver Depression and Early Childhood Development: A Mixed-Methods Study from Rural China
Meredith Yang

ICAAP Refugee Immigrant Child Health Initiative: A Case Study in Patient Advocacy
Melissa Palma, MD, MPH

Western and Non-Western Aid Workers’ Perceptions of Refugee Mental Health and Well-Being in Greece
Natalie Colaneri

Comparison of Ethical Decision-Making Climate Among Subspecialty ICUs at a Single Institution*
Courtney Furlough, MD

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Panel #2 • Thursday, June 17, 2021 • 12pm

Coloring Outside the Lines: A Counternarrative to the Hidden Curriculum
Elizabeth Bleed, MD, MA

Graphic Medicine: Bridging the Chasm Between Patient & Provider
Kathryn West, MA, LSW+Brian Callender, MD

Imposter Syndrome: Is Medical Improv the Solution?
Lauren Vassiliades, MD + Swati D Deshmukh, MD

Prognostic Discussions with Parents of High Risk, Critically Ill Pediatric Patients*
Lauren Rissman, MD

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Panel #3 • Thursday, June 24, 2021 • 12pm 

DNA Testing at the U.S. Border Points: Potential Effects on Attitudes on Genomics
Sara Katsanis, MS

The Next Generation of Therapists: Enacting Inclusion in Mental Health Services for Refugees and Immigrants in Paris
David Ansari, PhD

Provider Perspectives on Communication and Consent in Evaluations for Brain Death*
Erin Talati Paquette, MD, JD, MBe

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Panel #4 • Thursday, July 8, 2021 • 12pm

Indicators Likely to Contribute to Clinical and Functional Improvement Among Survivors of Politically Sanctioned Torture
Martin Hill, PhD

The Human Rights of Mobile Populations Affected by TB
Alexandra Tarzikhan, JD, MPH

Addressing Barriers to Special Education for Children by Enabling Collaboration Between Schools and Health Care Providers*
Jenifer Cartland, PhD

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* Project received pilot/exploratory grant funding from the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

  

Open to the public

Registration is required, but is free and open to all. Please register for any or all sessions using the "REGISTER" links above.

Please feel free to share the event details with anyone you think might be interested.

Additionally, please feel free to share the flyer for the full series, or the flyer for the keynote presentation.

 

For More Information

Please contact: Myria Knox, p-knox@northwestern.edu