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Pre-Conference:  Sunday, September 10
Skill Development and Ethical Leadership Methodology

This half-day program, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., is designed for first-time attendees, students, and those wishing to brush up on the Aspen Ethical Leadership Program’s Triple-A Framework™ for ethical awareness, analysis, and action. This session will be devoted to developing a shared understanding of professional, business, and organizational ethics. We will also introduce the Giving Voice to Values® paradigm, which has been an important influence on the AELP. This session is strongly recommended for first-time AELP attendees. 

Monday, September 11
Justice in Law and Health Care

KEYNOTE: Phil Weiser, JD
Attorney General of the State of Colorado

Legislative bodies are directly inserting themselves into health care decisions with a slew of new laws addressing everything from medical training and licensure standards to gender-affirming care, reproductive rights, public health practice, and end-of-life care. For instance, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, many states have enacted legal restrictions on medical procedures, treatments, and even conversations that are firmly within the standard of practice. Laws like these can force practitioners and health system leaders to make difficult decisions about how to care for the patients and communities they serve and adhere to professional ethics despite the potential criminalization of standard practices. This day of the program will explore opportunities for leaders to respond to these challenges in ways that mitigate risks and enhance justice through their decisions, words, and actions.

Tuesday, September 12
Justice and Discrimination in Health Care

KEYNOTE: Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD
Dean and Harold H. Green Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School

Research and real-world experiences over the past decade have demonstrated that racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination remain common in society, including in health care and even among those actively seeking to avoid being biased. Moreover, bias can be “baked in” to the systems and policies that health care leaders must navigate — and bias and injustice outside the health care system can have significant health impacts for patients and communities. What can leaders do to address bias in health care? To what extent are health care leaders ethically responsible for working to address biases outside the health care system?
View a video preview, Leading Toward Health Justice, with Dean Matthew.

Wednesday, September 13
Justice and Bias in Health Care AI (half day)

KEYNOTE: Charisse Madlock-Brown, PhD
Associate Professor of Informatics, University of Iowa College of Nursing

There are two areas of wide agreement about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care: it promises tremendous potential benefit, and it could cement in place or even exacerbate inequities already prevalent across the health care system. This day of the program will explore key considerations for implementing fair AI in health care, whether in using AI-powered strategies intended to transform disease diagnosis and monitoring or using AI to improve clinical workflow or optimize hospital and health system operations. How can leaders in health care increase the chances that AI will help detect, address, ameliorate or eliminate disparities in care and outcomes, rather than making them worse? 
View a video preview, Justice and Bias in Healthcare AI, with Dr. Madlock-Brown

Program Format:

  • Daily plenary talk
  • Small group, case discussions based on actual situations attendees face
  • Panel discussions summarize each day
  • Time to network and make lasting friendships

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Continuing Medical Education:

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.


    Early bird program tuition is $1,800 for general attendance, $1,400 for government employees, and $1,100 for students.  Fee includes program materials, one meal each day, and snacks throughout the program.  

    The full conference tuition is refundable, less a $200 processing fee, if your cancellation is received, in writing, within 30 days prior to the start of the event.



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