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2016 GLB Conference

The Alan W. Ott Auditorium, Gilbertson Hall - SVSU

Conference Schedule

The 6th Annual GLB Ethics Conference was held on February 12, 2016

All events took place in the Alan W. Ott Auditorium at Saginaw Valley State University.

Conference Highlights


Time  Title  
7:40 a.m. On-site registration began  
8 a.m. Introductions


8:15-9:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: John D. Lantos, MD

Director of Pediatric Bioethics; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Title: "Ethical Issues for Babies at the Borderline of Viability"

9:30-10:30 a.m.

 Speaker: Bradley Steven Olsen Thornock, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Saginaw Valley State University

Title: "Heralding the Pariahs: What the Narratives of Vaccine Hesitant Parents Can Teach Us About the Backfire Effect and Medical Rhetoric"

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion with Great Lakes Bay Health Professionals and Speakers

Margaret Abbenante, LMSW ACSW
Social Work Executive
Assistant Chief Mental Health

Christa, Persyn MD FACEP
Physicians Administrator Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Covenant HealthCare
Assistant Clinical Professor, CMU College of Medicine

Cherie Sammis, DBe RN NP
Director Ethics Integration Ascension Michigan


The conference was approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for up to three CMEs.   Central Michigan University College of Medicine approved up to 3 CMEs for physicians, nurses and other health professionals.  

The conference was free and open to health professionals, students, and the public.





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