Symposium on the Ethics of Help - June 2017
When: June 8 & 9, 2017
Where: University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis Minnesota
The "Ethics of Help" symposium will explore the ethical complexities of volunteering in health care settings at home and abroad. From high school students to licensed health professionals, more and more people are engaging in philanthropic health care among vulnerable populations, usually in settings unfamiliar to them. They are well-intentioned individuals who give their time in hopes of making a difference to others, and possibly to explore or test their skills in new settings.
This symposium will bring together the champions and challengers of voluntarism in health care settings at home and abroad, opening up space for a challenging conversation: what inadvertent harms can occur even when one volunteers with the best of intentions? What can we as individuals, as members and leaders of organizations, institutions, and professional associations, do to understand better the inadvertent risks in volunteering in health care settings, and what strategies can we use to maximize the benefits for patients, communities, volunteers, and institutions everywhere?
A featured speaking duo includes Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, and John Crump, MB, ChB, DTM&H, from the Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT), which developed a set of guidelines for institutions, trainees, and sponsors of field-based global health training on ethics and best practices in this setting. Another important voice we will hear from is Dr. Jess Evert, MD, Executive Director for Child Family Health International, and faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
We are grateful for our sponsors!
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) is a Unit of the Academic Health Center (AHC) established to advance global health research and education. Our mission is to focus and strengthen the impact of the U of M's global land grant mission with regard to health issues at the interface of humans, animals and ecosystems. We accomplish this by facilitating trans-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations across the U of M and worldwide.
DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides pre-health and other semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. It provides students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth, which is further enriched through housing and extracurricular offerings.
If you are visiting Minneapolis for the Ethics of Help Symposium, be sure to take advantage of the abundance of summer activities around the Twin Cities. Here are a few we recommend:
June 10 - 11
Northern Spark is a free all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in neighborhoods along Metro Transit's Green Line.
Weisman Art Museum
The museum's collection features early twentieth-century American artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.
The Science Behind Pixar - This new, special exhibition gives you an unparalleled look at Pixar's filmmaking process and let's you explore the science and technology that brings to life the world's most beloved animated films and their memorable characters. The Science Museum of Minnesota is the first Midwest stop of this traveling exhibit—and it's only here for a limited time. Don't miss it - opens June 9!