The Ethics of Dealing with COVID-19: Before, During, and After
Presented By: Dr. Michael Gillette Session Information:
This session will review the ethical nature of managing disaster scenarios such as pandemics and will quickly outline an array of ethical challenges that have been generated by COVID-19. We will then move on to discuss a series of ethical issues that are likely to arise as society gradually emerges from the current pandemic experience. Topics under consideration will include A) acute management of the current crisis, B) responsible plans for re-opening and normalizing programs, C) dealing with varying comfort levels of social interaction among providers and individuals served, and D) potential impacts on person centered planning and individuals’ liberty rights.
The Hon. Dr. Michael A. Gillette
Dr. Michael Gillette is an ethics expert who has presented numerous keynotes and workshops nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Dr. Gillette graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University, with majors in philosophy and classical Greek, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy at Brown University. He has taught at colleges and universities, published articles in the field of applied ethics, and has received several teaching awards. He was elected three times to the City Council in Lynchburg, Virginia, and served two terms as Mayor of the City. Dr. Gillette contracts with dozens of healthcare organizations and other agencies to provide ethics case consultations and policy work. His energetic and interactive style engages his audiences and helps them think critically about ethical decisions in their work and beyond.
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