Ethics Grand Rounds, October 27, 2023

Immigration & Health Equity: From Demagoguery to Community

Zoom | Free | Open to the public
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Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD, HEC-C

Dr. Kuczewski will briefly review the history and context of immigration to the United States and separate facts from misleading rhetoric that results from the politicization of immigration. He will explain how failure to develop rational immigration policies has negative consequences for the health of our entire communities. He will argue for a stronger advocacy role by the health professions to decouple health care from immigration status.




Learning objectives: At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the social, political, and economic realities concerning undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • Identify ethical challenges posed by reactionary social policy in treating undocumented patients in accordance with the values of our health professions and institutions.
  • Analyze ways in which health institutions and the health professions are responding to these challenges and advocating for health equity for immigrants.

This is an event of the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA), hosted by the Center for Bioethics, and co-sponsored by the following U of MN Units: Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, School of Public Health; Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts; College of Pharmacy; Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts; Medical School; Program in Health Disparities Research, Medical School; School of Dentistry; School of Public Health; School of Nursing.

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Migration Policy Institute

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Immigration Affinity Group. To join, email [email protected]


Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD, HEC-C, is the Fr. Michael I. English, S.J., Professor of Medical Ethics. He is also the director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Kuczewski is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and a Fellow of the Hastings Center. He has been engaged in bedside clinical ethics issues for more than 25 years. For the last decade, he has been an articulate spokesperson for the just and equitable treatment of immigrant patients including creating with Drs. Johana Mejias-Beck and Amy Blair the Sanctuary Doctor website to assist clinicians in supporting immigrant patients. He also led the effort to make the Stritch School of Medicine the first medical school in the nation to openly welcome applicants who are DACA recipients. For his work on behalf of immigrants, Dr. Kuczewski has received numerous awards including the Loyola University Chicago 2017 Faculty Member of the Year.