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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 8, 2004

Workshop To Explore Role Of Ethics In Crisis Leadership

When an emergency situation threatens the public's health and safety, leaders must be prepared to make rapid decisions while balancing ethical considerations. The workshop, "Ethical Leadership in Times of Crisis," will explore these issues in detail on Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines.

The workshop, designed primarily for those with leadership roles in public health preparedness, will discuss how the ability to integrate ethical decision-making skills on a day-to-day basis is essential to successful emergency management. The program will present historical examples and case studies that explore the role of ethics in public health practice during times of crisis.

The featured speaker is Marian Yagel McBay, who holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies in clinical and research ethics from Vanderbilt University. She served as a visiting assistant professor with St. Louis University's Center for Health Care Ethics from 2001-2002, during which time she provided ethics leadership to the Missouri Public Health Leadership Institute. She has provided clinical and research ethics consultation and has led ethics training in both classroom and professional settings.

A workshop registration form and additional information are available on the Web at or by contacting Angela Harding at 319-335-8451 or

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Iowa Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness, and Saint Louis University Heartland Center for Public Health Preparedness.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACT(S): Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,