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May

13

Beyond Dystopia: Genre and the Health Humanities - Anna Fenton-Hathaway

Online - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Presents

A Montgomery Lecture

With

Anna Fenton-Hathaway, PhD
Lecturer, Chicago Field Studies Program, Northwestern University
Former Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Affiliate
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Managing Editor, Literature and Medicine

Beyond Dystopia: Genre and the Health Humanities

In October 2016, writer Junot D az claimed that we are at peak dystopia. . . . It has become, along with apocalyptic narrative, the default narrative of the generation. That same year the journal Literature and Medicine published Health Policy in Dystopia, an essay showing how dystopia fiction of the past reflected contemporaneous issues of health policy and advocating for the continued use of the genre to grapple with our own issues in healthcare. This talk will examine these and other claims about what specific genres do for the health humanities. What are the features of contemporary genres like mystery, dystopia, and horror? How do those defining features relate to earlier categories of genre, which were based substantially on the narrator s relationship to the story? How might this relationship matter for medical education, health humanities syllabuses, or scholarship on literature and medicine?

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May

13

Data for Research at the U.S. Census Bureau

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration required.

Hosted by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University.

In this talk, Dr. Victoria Udalova will present the Enhancing Health Data (EHealth) program at the U.S. Census Bureau, a relatively new research initiative focused on strategically re-using health records and linking across multiple data sources to improve measurement and advance population health. She will also describe availability of restricted data for research, process of gaining access to these data, and some recent examples of research projects.

Guest:
Victoria Udalova, PhD
Senior Economist and Program Manager of the Enhancing Health Data (EHealth) Program U.S. Census Bureau

Dr. Victoria Udalova is a senior economist and program manager of the Enhancing Health Data (EHealth) program at the U.S. Census Bureau. She leads the Census Bureau s initiative to combine health records with Census data to create new statistics and expand research possibilities. Dr. Udalova s research focuses on measuring social determinants of health and the characteristics of health care workforce. Her projects feature alternative data sources that supplement Census existing data collection. Dr. Udalova has published articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Health Economics and Health Affairs.

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May

17

Biostatistics & Statistics Joint Seminar Series

Online - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Xu Shi, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics
University of Michigan

Presentation Title

On Proximal Causal Inference With Synthetic Controls

Abstract

We consider evaluating the impact of an intervention when time series data on a single treated unit and multiple untreated units are observed, in pre- and post- treatment periods. In seminal work of Abadie & Gardeazabal (2003) and Abadie et al. (2010), they proposed a synthetic control (SC) method as an approach to relax the parallel trend assumption on which difference-in-differences methods typically rely upon. The term synthetic control refers to a weighted average of control units that is built to match the treated unit s pre-treatment outcome trajectory, such that the SC s post-treatment outcome predicts the treated unit s unobserved potential outcome under no treatment. The treatment effect is then estimated as the difference in post-treatment outcomes between the treated unit and the SC. Common practice to estimate the weights is to regress the pre-treatment outcomes of the treated unit on that of the control units using ordinary or weighted least squares. However, it has been shown that these estimators can be inconsistent. In addition, inference is mostly conducted by placebo tests which lacks formal theory. In this talk, we introduce a proximal causal inference framework for the synthetic control approach, and formalize identification and inference for the average treatment effect for the treated unit. We further extend the traditional linear interactive effect model to more general cases such as nonlinear models allowing for binary and count outcomes rarely studied in the SC literature. We illustrate our proposed method with simulation studies and an application to evaluation of California s tobacco control program.

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May

20

A Deeper Bioethics: The Lost Legacy of Van Rensselaer Potter - Jenell Johnson

Online - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Presents

A Montgomery Lecture

With

Jenell Johnson, PhD
Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison

A Deeper Bioethics:
The Lost Legacy of Van Rensselaer Potter

The term bioethics was coined by cancer researcher Van Rensselaer Potter in 1970. While Potter is sometimes credited with coining the term, the substance of Potter s bioethics has long been overlooked. Inspired by the land ethic of Aldo Leopold, Potter s bioethics emphasized the interrelation of human health and the health of the environment, stressed the importance of combining perspectives from the humanities and the sciences, urged social and political engagement, and, most strikingly, presented bioethics as a way of living on behalf of life itself. In this talk, I sketch out Potter s vision of bioethics, its resonance with to Arne Naess s writing on Deep Ecology, and discuss the lessons this forgotten legacy might have for the present.

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May

20

Why is There More Funding for Police than Public Health? Questions & Actions for a Transformative Public Health

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration required.

Hosted by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) at Northwestern University.

Across the nation, our governments invest billions of dollars in policing & carceral systems we know cause health inequities and then invest only a fraction of that for public health to address those inequities. This public health funding paradox has historical roots and demands new imaginative ways of thinking. This presentation will detail this funding paradox and identify actions for public health to help transform our current systems.

Guest:
Paul J. Fleming, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Paul Fleming is an Assistant Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His recent community-based participatory research focuses on examining the impact of public policies on health inequities, including how immigration laws and policing practices impact community health. He also is on the Public Health Awakened steering committee and helps to coordinate the Michigan Chapter of Public Health Awakened.

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May

27

Structural Racism in Kidney Health: A Transplant Surgeon's Perspective - Dinee Collings Simpson

Online - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Presents

A Montgomery Lecture

With

Dinee Collings Simpson, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, African American Transplant Access Program
Comprehensive Transplant Center
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Structural Racism in Kidney Health: A Transplant Surgeon's Perspective

This talk will focus on Dr. Simpson s journey in the health equity space and how she came to create the African American Transplant Access Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School.

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May

27

The Cancer & Aging IDEAS Labs: Exploration of Implementation and Process Outcomes from a Team Science Activity

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration required.

This webinar is part of the Translational Applications in Public Health mini-series, which is a collaboration between the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute.

This presentation will explore the recent implementation of the Cancer and Aging IDEAS Lab, a Robert H. Lurie (RHL) Comprehensive Cancer Center initiative. We will provide a basic overview of the program and discuss the process evaluation outcomes following its recent completion. We will also contextualize the program using team science approaches and report on the successes and failures of implementation as a team science exercise.

Guests:

Guests:

Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychology, and Psychiatry
Behavioral Medicine Director & Co-Program Leader for Cancer Prevention
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

David Moskowitz, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Jun

03

Ebola and Structural Violence - Eugene Richardson & Paul Farmer - Health Across Borders Keynote Presentation

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), and the Institute for Global Health Studies

EBOLA AND STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE

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.

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This is the Keynote Presentation of the Health Across Borders: Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
June 3 July 8, 2021 Thursdays 12-1pm Online

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 in 2019 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. 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.

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Jun

10

Panel #1 - Health Across Borders: Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities

Presents

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
(June 3 July 8, 2021 Thursdays 12-1pm Online)

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 in 2019 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. 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.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Program in Global Health Studies

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
Panel 1#

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

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

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

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

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Jun

17

Panel #2 - Health Across Borders: Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities

Presents

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
(June 3 July 8, 2021 Thursdays 12-1pm Online)

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 in 2019 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. 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.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Program in Global Health Studies

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
Panel 2#

Elizabeth Bleed, MD, MA
Coloring Outside the Lines:
A Counter-narrative to the Hidden Curriculum

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

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

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

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Jun

24

Panel #3 - Health Across Borders: Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities

Presents

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
(June 3 July 8, 2021 Thursdays 12-1pm Online)

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 in 2019 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. 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.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Program in Global Health Studies

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
Panel 3#

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

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

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

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Jul

08

Panel #4 - Health Across Borders: Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities

Presents

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
(June 3 July 8, 2021 Thursdays 12-1pm Online)

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 in 2019 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. 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.

Cosponsored by the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and the Program in Global Health Studies

Health Across Borders:
Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
Panel 4#

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

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

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

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