2022 Pre-Conference Workshop: Society, Culture, and Values

Society, Culture, and Values: Ethical Decision Making During a Global Pandemic
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 | 9 a.m. to Noon | $70
APPE Pre-conference workshop | Register here

Ethical decision making during a global pandemic requires individuals and organizations to navigate a complex and evolving environment that consists of multiple stakeholders with different mandates, agenda, plans and priorities. The issues that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic are multidisciplinary and require an ability to synthesize and integrate all these factors and their relationships.

This 3-hour workshop provides a framework for ethical public health policy development, which includes: the dynamic nature of the public health policy arena, the factors that influence decision makers, as well as an understanding that values and lived experience are vital inputs during the decision making process.

This hands-on workshop gives attendees an opportunity to step into the roles of federal, state, local, and organizational officials in order to think through the societal, political, economic, and human aspects of key public health policy decisions that have occurred thus far during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interactive and engaging discussions will benefit from the diverse perspectives and unique experiences of the attendees. A specific interest or expertise in public health is not required. All that is needed in a curious mind and a willingness to respectfully explore the ethical dimensions of challenging issues.

The case studies will also give attendees an opportunity to practice navigating contentious issues in a classroom setting, a valuable skill to practice for anyone involved in teaching ethics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn frameworks for analyzing complex public health policy problems in a systematic way
  • Learn how to incorporate data, law, values, and lived experience into the calculus of public health
  • Learn how to clearly outline articulate and justify public health policy decisions
  • Learn how incorporating ethics into the decision making process can lead to public health policy that promotes health and builds trust

Workshop Leaders:

  • Kory Trott, JD, MPH – Virginia Tech, Research Integrity and Consultation Program, Director
  • Charles R. de Souza, PhD – Virginia Tech, Science Policy Postdoctoral Associate

About Kory:
Before joining Virginia Tech, Kory worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where he started as a Presidential Management Fellow. The Presidential Management Fellows Program is the federal government’s flagship leadership development program for early career graduate degree holders.

Upon completion of his postgraduate fellowship, he joined the Office of the Associate Director for Science, where he served as a member of the Public Health Ethics and Strategy Unit.  He provided ethics training to and consultation for the agency’s scientists. He served on the Zika Virus Policy Team in the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center. Prior to joining CDC, Kory worked as a reviewer for the University of Wisconsin Health Sciences IRB.

Kory holds a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology from the George Washington University, as well as a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University, and a JD from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.

About Charles:
Charles joined the Virginia Tech team in June 2021 as the department’s first science policy postdoctoral associate. Since completing his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in 2018, he has taught various ethics classes in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech including Global Ethics, Morality and Justice, and Biomedical Ethics.

His most recent work with the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities involved developing case studies which examine challenges posed by new and emerging technology from a human-centered approach as part of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded Tech for Humanity Pathways minor.

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