24th Annual Ethics Conference- Considering Justice in an Unjust World

April 28, 2023


This conference will explore the concept of justice in health care and the effect that racial, ethnic, gender and status disparities have on access to health care. We will explore our deeply held values and the impact of personal and professional biases on our understanding of justice.   We will explore the complexities in delivering equal and equitable care to all pediatric patients. Utilizing case-based discussion, ethics faculty and other health care professionals and health system leaders will guide inquiry into complex cases, recognizing the disparities and systemic issues that impede just care.  We will learn about advocacy at the national, state, and local levels and a myriad of ways to enact our moral agency to improve care for all pediatric patients. 

This conference will be held only in-person at Children's Hospital Colorado and live-streamed at Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs location. This conference is not being offered virtually. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different concepts of justice.
  • Apply lessons learned from the pandemic (so far) to improve fair allocation of scarce resources in the everyday circumstances of scarcity in US health care.
  • Discuss the difference between equal and equitable and why to look for disparities to achieve justice.
  • Assess personally and professionally held biases impacting relationships and care.
  • Identify barriers to healthcare access and realizing health equity.
  • Identify the rights of children in migration, the challenges they face in realizing those rights, and the myriad ways that people can advocate for them.
  • Develop skill to mitigate the effects of structural inequity and implicit biases. Describe the interactions between health care inequities and advocacy efforts at multiple levels of government.

Learner Outcome

Participants will report an increased knowledge of justice in healthcare and how our organization is enacting moral agency collectively and individually to improve just, ethical, and fair healthcare delivery.

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Lainey Crawford- lainey.crawford@childrenscolorado.org
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 ASHA
  • 7.50 Attendance
  • 7.50 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/28/2023 - 7:30am MDT
Event ends: 
04/28/2023 - 4:00pm MDT
7:30 amSign-In and Continental Breakfast
7:50 amWelcome and Conference Overview
Karen Jones, MS, RN, HEC-C (She/her/hers) – Conference Chair
8:00 amJustice –Why Is It So Hard to Talk About?
Jacqueline J. Glover, PhD, HEC-C (she/her/hers)
9:00 am(Un)Fair Allocation of Scarce Resources: So Many Examples from the COVID Pandemic
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH (he/him/his)
10:00 amBreak
10:15 amThe Case for Unconscious Bias in Medicine
Robert Franklin II, MPA (he/him/his)
11:15 amEquality, Equity, and Disparity in Pediatric Health Care
Monica Federico, MD (she/her/hers) 
12:15 pmPick up Lunch – Move to Oxford Auditorium
12:30 pmPediatric Grand Rounds
Advocating for Children in Migration
Warren Binford, JD, EdM (she/her/hers)
1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pmSmall Group Breakout Sessions
Agency for Advocacy:  Turning Moral Distress into Ethical Actions
3:45 pmClosing Sentiments, Resilient Moment, Recentering
Penny Archuleta, MA (she/her/hers)
Joshua Whistler, MDiv
4:00 pmEvaluation and Adjourn
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO
United States

Parking at Children’s Hospital Colorado

This conference will be held in person, on the Anschutz Medical Campus at Children’s Hospital Colorado, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80045.  Anschutz Medical Campus employees must park in their usual employee parking.  Parking accommodations for guests of Children’s Hospital Colorado will be in Lot 10.  You will receive parking instructions and a campus map prior to the conference.

If you are a guest at the hospital, please enter at the main entrance and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.  Then proceed to the Conference and Education Center.

Visit https://www.childrenscolorado.org/locations/anschutz-medical-campus-aurora/ for driving directions to the Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Guest Faculty

Professor Warren Binford 
W.H. Lea for Justice Endowed Chair in Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy 
Director for Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy, Kempe Center 
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School (courtesy)
Core Faculty, Center for Bioethics and the Humanities 

Local Faculty

Penny Archuleta, MA
Physician Talent Development Consultant
Human Resources
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Department of Medicine

Curtis R. Coughlin II, PhD, MBE, HEC-C
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Section of Clinical Genetics and Metabolism
Center for Bioethics and Humanities
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Monica Federico, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director, CHCO Asthma Program
Medical Director, CHCO Population Management
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado Breathing Institute


Robert Franklin II, MPA
Department of Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion
Children’s Hospital Colorado


Jacqueline J. Glover, PhD, HEC-C
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director of Clinical Ethics, Center for Bioethics and Humanities
Co-Medical Director, Ethics Consult Service
University of Colorado Hospital
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Ethics Faculty
Children’s Hospital Colorado


Brian M. Jackson, MD, MA, HEC-C
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Section of Critical Care
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Medical Director, Clinical Ethics
Children’s Hospital Colorado


Karen Jones, MS, RN, HEC-C
Clinical Ethics Program Manager
Children’s Hospital Colorado


Joshua Whistler, MDiv
Staff Chaplain
Children’s Hospital Colorado


Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH
Professor, CU School of Medicine and
Colorado School of Public Health
Director, CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities


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Available Credit

  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 ASHA
  • 7.50 Attendance
  • 7.50 NCPD


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