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Posted: April 20, 2021

Vaccinated and Still Isolated: The Ethics of Overprotecting Nursing Home Residents (The Hastings Center)

The pandemic is not over, but light is beginning to crest the horizon. Vaccination rates, especially among older adults and their caregivers, are rising. As we begin to relax physical distancing requirements on restaurants and professional sports, it’s time to urgently reconsider the severe restrictions imposed on nursing home residents.

Posted: April 19, 2021

National Healthcare Decisions Day — Why me? (Brattleboro Reformer)

An op-ed by Don Freeman of Taking Steps Brattleboro, a program of Brattleboro Area Hospice, reminding readers of the importance of completing an advance directive.

Posted: April 13, 2021

Virtual Conversations in Justice and Equity in Bioethics: Controversies Around COVID-19 Vaccines (Apr 26)

A robust virtual discussion on April 26 led by a panel of ethicists and health care professionals addressing prioritization of COVID-19 vaccine allocations and other complicated questions regarding equitable access to vaccination during a worldwide pandemic. Hosted by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and The University of Vermont Medical Center. CMEs available.

Posted: March 26, 2021

National Healthcare Decisions Day & Vermont Advance Directive Week 2021

April 11-17 is Vermont Advance Directive Week and April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day! Check out these virtual events happening in Vermont and join us in making your future healthcare decisions known!

Posted: March 26, 2021

Mildred Solomon on Disability Rights and Bioethics (The Hastings Center)

Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon discussed disability rights and bioethics, including COVID-related issues, during an interview on “Included: The Disability Equity Podcast.” Listen and find additional related resources.

Posted: March 26, 2021

Surrogate Decision-Making for Incarcerated Patients: A Pandemic-Inspired Call to Action (The Hastings Center)

As Covid-19 continues to plague the United States, insufficient attention has been paid to the role that incarcerated persons play in the persistence of this pandemic and the work that should be done to limit their infection and suffering.

Posted: March 22, 2021

Weekly Advance Care Planning Information Meetings via Zoom

Taking Steps Brattleboro is offering weekly Advance Care Planning Information Meetings via Zoom every Wednesday at 10am and 6pm. Learn more and sign up.

Posted: March 9, 2021

Working Around the System: Vaccine Navigators and Vaccine Equity (The Hastings Center)

As states continue to expand access to Covid-19 vaccination to prioritized groups, members of the public are observing system problems firsthand. Vaccine navigators have emerged as a response to complexity.

Posted: March 1, 2021

Vaccine Hesitancy Is No Excuse for Systemic Racism (The Hastings Center)

As students, professors, and practitioners of medicine, we know that teachable moments are often found outside the classroom walls. We have seen that Black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. But juxtaposing these disparities with vaccination rates is even more disturbing. Fewer vaccines are going to Black people.

Posted: January 29, 2021

Ethics Supports Seeking Population Immunity, Not Immunizing Priority Groups (The Hastings Center)

There have been some calls for a more pragmatic approach eschewing micromanaging distribution and instead focusing on speed and access. While there are indeed practical considerations supporting a more logistically streamlined system, we believe there are, more importantly, ethical reasons to prefer an approach that vaccinates more people more rapidly.

Posted: January 25, 2021

Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’ (The New York Times)

More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?

Posted: January 13, 2021

What Is Death? How the Pandemic is Changing Our Understanding of Mortality (The New York Times)

This year has awakened us to the fact that we die. We’ve always known it to be true in a technical sense, but a pandemic demands that we internalize this understanding.

Posted: January 11, 2021

Who Should Get the Vaccine Next? Not Just Seniors (The Hill)

There has been widespread agreement that health care workers and residents (and staff) of long-term care facilities should be at the very front of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine, and distribution to them is already underway. Now state and local officials will decide whether to adopt the recommendations of an expert panel on who goes next.

Posted: January 8, 2021

Hospital Staff Revived a Man’s Stopped Heart — and He Sued (Boston Globe)

A successful ‘wrongful prolongation of life’ lawsuit in Montana, among other things, reflects the extent to which many Americans will go to gain — and enforce — their rights to control their final days.

Posted: January 4, 2021

Coronavirus Mutation Panic (The Hastings Center)

An article offering insight on the new variant of the coronavirus circulating in England and key considerations that have been left out of the headlines.

Posted: November 5, 2019

VEN Ethics Survey Results

View the results of our Ethics Survey for Vermont & New Hampshire conducted in the summer of 2019.