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New Project: Ethical Challenges of Community Health Centers

The Hastings Center has launched a national study of nonprofit community health centers in the United States to learn about and describe the nature and extent of the ethical challenges arising in primary care clinics serving diverse low-income communities facing health care barriers. Supported by the Greenwall Foundation’s Making a Difference grants program, the project is led by Hastings Center research scholars Carolyn P. Neuhaus and Nancy Berlinger.

Community health providers have few places to turn for bioethical analysis and guidance on practice challenges that keep them up at night. This project builds on prior Hastings Center research on ethical challenges in immigrant health and arising in Federal Qualified Health Centers participating in genomics research and responding to Covid-19. The new study will strengthen and inform ongoing bioethics-community health collaboration that supports community health providers and advances trustworthy health care, inclusive research, and equitable health policy. Learn more about The Hastings Center’s work on bioethics and community health. Read about the project.

Learn more about The Hastings Center’s work on bioethics in community health.

The Greenwall Foundation’s Making a Difference grants program supports research to help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical, biomedical, or public health decision-making, policy, or practice.