177464 Breaking down communication barriers: The role of bioethics in a cancer partnership

Monday, October 27, 2008

Leonard W. Ortmann, PhD , Office of the Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tuskegee University have formed an NCI-funded Cancer Center partnership. The partnership has projects in Cancer Education, Community Outreach, and Research in health disparities at the basic, clinical and population level. Working with partner ethicists, the Tuskegee University National Bioethics Center serves as a shared resource providing ethical review of research projects and training in research ethics. The Bioethics shared resource additionally creates a space for intra-partnership dialogue. It does so uniquely by adapting the lessons of cultural competence and community-based participatory research to its own intra-organizational dynamics. The aim is to break down communication barriers within the partnerships to facilitate the integration of efforts that cut across institutions, disciplines, and communities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about a Cancer Partnership with a Bioethics Shared Resource 2. Learn how to apply lesson of cultural competence and community-based participatory research to intra-organizational dynamics 3. Creating a space within an organization for critical self-reflection

Keywords: Bioethics, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an ethicist with a PhD in philosophy who works for the Tuskegee University National Bioethics Center and is part of the Cancer Partnership described in the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.