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Ethics Conference Addresses Discrimination

September 30, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Helping health care personnel identify stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination in their professional practices to avoid the negative effects is the goal of an ethics conference scheduled at Wheeling Hospital.

Scheduled for Oct. 5, this year's conference, "Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination, will feature a wide variety of topics tackled by experts.

"The conference is open to area health care professionals, regardless of where they work, said Valerie Satkoske, Wheeling Hospital's Ethics director. ''Stigma and prejudice exist everywhere, including the health care field, and we want to help to identify strategies to diffuse or minimize the effects that stigma and prejudice can have on patients, their loved ones and health care providers.

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Valerie Satkoske of Wheeling Hospital is one of the key organizers of an upcoming ethics conference for area health care professionals. She is the only hospital-based bioethics Ph.D. in West Virginia.

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The seminar, which will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wheeling Hospital's auditorium, is designed for area physicians, residents, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other health care personnel. Attendees will be eligible for four hours of continuing education credit.

Topics will include: differences between physical and social stigma; stigma in mental health; social stigma and obesity; bullying in the workplace; chronic disease and stigma; helpful versus harmful behavior. The conference is presented by Wheeling Hospital's Committee on Ethics.

Proceeds will benefit the committee's future educational programs.

There is a fee for the event which includes breakfast/brunch. The registration deadline is Sept. 27. Refunds will not be provided after Sept. 20. For more information, or to register, call Deborah Griffiths at 304-243-3883.

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