Bioethics Forum

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Background

The Bioethics Forum held its inaugural meeting on September 24, 2021. The group is a diverse international coalition interested in effecting change through leadership and formulating new conceptual frameworks in the ethical space. Its mission is twofold: first, to ensure that those affected by science, medicine, and technology are properly at the forefront of initiatives to determine and implement ethical solutions impacting wellness, health, and health care; and, second, to explore the use of public engagement and policy beyond public health for the betterment of health and wellness. By incorporating social sciences and humanities, and focusing on meaningful ethical approaches that incorporate diverse perspectives, the forum will apply critical thinking, analysis, and theory, challenging common assumptions. The forum is dedicated to the exploration of the role of participatory democracy, government, and the corporate and private sector in those things impacting health globally and in the US. The interconnectedness of fields calls for cohesive ethical conceptualization and a movement toward incorporating ecological governance in the broader sphere of public policy.

Members

  • Olivia Bowers, MS, Senior Publications Editor, Voices in Bioethics
  • Camille Castelyn, PhD, Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria
  • Jennifer Cohen, JD, MAR, MS
  • Wendy DiChristina, JD, MS
  • Sandra M Fabregas Troche, PhD, MS, MPC, BSPharm, Executive Director, Latino Center for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Jenni Frumer, PhD, LCSW, MSEd MorseLife Health System/NOW for Holocaust Survivors Initiative
  • David N Hoffman, JD, Columbia University
  • Bruce Jennings, MA, Vanderbilt University
  • Joel Janhonen, MS, Finnish Institute of Bioethics
  • Srajana Kaikini, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Krea University
  • Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD, Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work
  • Cathy L. Purvis Lively, JD, MS
  • Michael Saadeh, MS, Product Manager, Providence Medical Technology
  • Heikki Saxen, PhD, Finnish Institute of Bioethics
  • Meryl Selig, BA, MA, MBA, Candidate, MS Bioethics
  • Togarma Rodriguez Aquino, MD, PhD
  • Nicole Wells, MA, Global Liver Institute
  • Anne Zimmerman, JD, MS, Modern Bioethics

Purpose

To engage in critical thinking and common sense approaches to bioethics and broad ethical dilemmas with consideration of power structures and barriers or impediments to health and wellbeing.

The forum co-chairs are Anne Zimmerman, Bruce Jennings, and Mary Beth Morrissey. Please address all inquiries to ahz5@columbia.edu.

Forum Resources Page

Forum Project Guidelines

Meeting Minutes