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New Case Commentary: Responding to Parental Objections Over Testing for Death by Neurologic Criteria

January 9, 2023
Clinical Ethicist Ian Wolfe, PhD, MA, RN, HEC-C, outlines an ethical approach to a challenging pediatric ethics case presented in the American Journal of Bioethics. Dr.
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Walz fills out top agency posts ahead of second term

December 22, 2022
Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, will be Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health. "Cunningham has overseen health equity work at the health department and is a trained doctor of internal medicine."
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Gov. Tim Walz names new education, health and public safety commissioners

December 22, 2022
Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, will be Minnesota’s new Commissioner of Health. Dr. Cunningham "will prioritize equity in the Health Department's science, operations and partnerships…"
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New Article: COVID-19 Vaccination and Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Mortality at Midlife in Minnesota

December 22, 2022
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine recently published an article by a research team that includes Elizabeth Wrigley Field, PhD, and JP Leider, PhD.
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Research: Black, Hispanic and Asian Minnesotans under 65 more likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — and more likely to die of it

December 22, 2022
“[W]hile COVID-19 vaccines were effective…, they couldn’t fix the underlying health disparities that made communities of color more vulnerable to COVID-19…” The research team included Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, PhD, and JP Leider, PhD.
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Medical racism didn’t begin or end with the syphilis study at Tuskegee

December 22, 2022
“White people have long justified abuse and mistreatment of Black people… There have been ‘four hundred years of active decisions to dehumanize Black people and Black bodies,’ says Rachel Hardeman, [PhD, MPH]...”
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With great sadness, the Center for Bioethics notes the death of Andrew Jameton, PhD.

December 22, 2022
Dr. Jameton joined our affiliate faculty in December of 2016, after retiring from the University of Nebraska. He was an exceptional colleague: warmly supportive, keenly intelligent, and a spirited advocate for his deeply held commitments.…
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Public Attitudes about Allocating COVID-19 Vaccines: Is the Public Aligned with Equity?

December 14, 2022
Just months into the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it was clear that the impact was vastly unequal by race. Native American, Hispanic, and Black populations had elevated mortality compared to White and Asian populations. These disparities…
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Debra DeBruin, PhD, Awarded BENUM Board Member of the Year

November 22, 2022
Congratulations to Debra DeBruin, PhD, on her Board Member of the Year award from the Bioethics Network of the Upper Midwest.
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Announcing the Consortium for Workforce Research in Public Health (CWORPH)

November 18, 2022
JP Leider, PhD, leads the first health workforce research center in the United States that focuses on the public health workforce. The Consortium for Workforce Research in Public Health (CWORPH) includes academic institutions and practice-…