Pandemic Policies and Practices: A Conversation About the Ethical Challenges of COVID-19 in Rural Areas


Join us as we examine the ethical concerns COVID-19 has presented in rural areas, smaller cities and towns, and areas where patients travel some distance to receive care. The pace of COVID-19 spread has been different in these areas, compared to early hot spots, and health care institutions and providers have faced different challenges compared to their metropolitan area counterparts. Wheeling, West Virginia, for example, has treated many patients from Ohio. Moreover, West Virginia developed a set of crisis care standards for allocation of scarce medical resources like ventilators and Remdesivir that differ from those discussed by previous series speakers.
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Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health and clinical professionals, attorneys, researchers, students, and others interested in learning more about pandemic preparedness.
Lisa S. Parker, PhD is Dickie, McCamey, and Chilcote Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics & Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh. She collaborates with investigators across the University, as well as national and international colleagues, on both empirical studies and theoretical and policy analyses of bioethical issues. Parker has served on panels and working groups for the NHGRI and has consulted on projects of the NIMH, NIDA, and NICHD. At the state level, she has consulted on newborn screening (Pennsylvania) and stem cell research (Maryland). For the University of Pittsburgh, she provides ethics consultation to the Institute for Precision Medicine and Office of Research through the Research, Ethics and Society Initiative, which she directs. Parker earned her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Valerie Satkoske, PhD is the Associate Director of the Center for Health Ethics & Law at West Virginia University where she teaches in the School of Medicine. She has also taught courses in bioethics, responsible conduct of research, and ethics and aging at the University of Pittsburgh. Satkoske currently serves as a consultant at the West Virginia Rural Emergency Trauma Institute, through which she has presented numerous lectures on topics ranging from physician’s orders regarding life-sustaining treatment in rural settings to non-opioid advance directives, to cultural competence and ethics consultation. She has authored publications addressing ethical issues in the context of disasters, trauma nursing, prehospital care, plastic surgery, and public health. Satkoske examines a wide range of issues, especially as they relate to rural healthcare. She serves as the Director of Ethics at Wheeling Hospital, in Wheeling, WV, and as the Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Consortium Ethics Program that provides ethics education to representatives from healthcare institutions across the Western Pennsylvania region.
Technology Requirements

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Creation Date

This training was recorded August 18, 2020.
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