Kinsman Bioethics Conference

The annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference was established in 1989 through an endowment from the late John Kinsman. The conference convenes leaders in ethics from across the state and is hosted by a different city in Oregon each year.  The conference is a collaborative partnership, designed to draw on and nurture the strengths of each community it serves. Breakout sessions promote shared learning among medical facilities throughout the region and offer powerful new tools for improvements in health care ethics. Many times, the conference is also a special time for attendees to build collaborative relationships and an opportunity to mentor and support future leaders in the field.

30th Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference

This year's Kinsman Bioethics Conference, Truth, Power, Justice: Bioethics as a Voice for Health Equity, will be held on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16, from 8:00-1:00PM, via WebEx. Please register for the conference HERE.

After attending this conference, learners will be able to - 

  • Describe the role of systemic inequity, and how it affects people from a range of communities who have experienced bias and adverse health outcomes.
  • Prepare effective communication strategies to create inclusivity and equity in the patient-provider relationship.
  • Explain the psycho-social impacts of health care disparities on patients and health providers.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Monica Peak, is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, where she provides clinical care, teaches and does health services research, with a focus on health disparities. Dr. Peek is the Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, the Executive Medical Director of Community Health Innovation and the Director of Research (and Associate Director) at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing healthcare discrimination and structural racism that impact health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19).

Dr. Peek has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and publications and has served as the principal investigator of multiple grants from institutions such as NIH/NIDDK, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Merck Foundation. Dr. Peek is a Senior Associate Editor for the journal Health Services Research and a recent member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) for the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the National Council for the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

Dr. Peek was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” in Chicago by Crain's Business Magazine and has been ranked among Chicago's Top Female Physicians. She has been featured in national media outlets such as NPR, CNN, Democracy Now, CBS, ABC, TIME Magazine, the Melissa Harris Perry show, The Chicago Tribune and The Huffington Post.

In addition to Dr. Peek, this year, the Kinsman Bioethics Conference is grateful to host numerous phenomenal speakers, all who bring a unique voice and perspective to issues surrounding health inequity. Please reach out to Megan Spickerman with any questions or concerns, and we look forward to seeing you there!