Bioethics in Film: From Screen to Seminar - "Aftershock"

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April 12, 2023

Division of Ethics, Bioethics in Film: From Screen to Seminar (2022-2023), Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Title: Bioethics in Film: From Screen to Seminar - "Aftershock"



Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 11:30AM to 1PM ET. This event was held online via Zoom.


The session took place during Black Maternal Health Week held annually on April 11-17th. The Division of Ethics provided a screening of the award-winning documentary, Aftershock, which details the long-lasting effects of the Black maternal health crisis in the United States. Through the eyes of their surviving families, the film presents the legacies of expectant mothers, Shamony Gibson and Amber Rose Issac, who tragically died due to lack of adequate medical care. Promoting awareness and prompting change, the film follows the moving fight for health justice and asks medical professionals: What must you do to address preventable pregnancy-related death, and what is your relationship to informed care, medical autonomy, and institutional accountability?

The Division of Ethics hosted a panel of esteemed speakers whose combined efforts stress the importance of collective power in igniting institutional reform. Panelists discussed the impact of structural racism on health and healthcare evident in race-based algorithms preventing equitable treatment and shared their efforts combating systemic harm.


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