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CHA's ethics education program is designed exclusively for mission leaders in systems, facilities and regional organizations to support their critical role in the ministry. 

Profound changes in health financing and delivery, population health, and new models for business and collaboration are transforming the face of health care in the U.S. and the Catholic health ministry.

These changes raise unprecedented challenges for mission leaders who are responsible for ethics within their organizations and for safeguarding Catholic identity.

How the Program Will Benefit Me

The ethics education program will support new and experienced mission leaders by:

  • Providing a foundation in Catholic social teaching and moral principles and their relationship to health care
  • Promoting an understanding of the complex ethical and moral issues facing the ministry
  • Helping mission leaders recognize when and how to resolve ethical issues that arise within their organizations, and equally important, recognizing when to refer issues to a professional ethicist
  • Understanding and applying the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and utilizing other ethical resources available to Catholic health care
  • Learning how to facilitate the work of ethics committees
  • Becoming familiar with ethics consults in acute, long-term care and community health
  • Applying Catholic moral principles to real-world situations through case studies
  • Networking with other mission leaders in a small group learning environment that is limited to 30 participants
In-Person and Online: The Best of Both Worlds

Designed to accommodate mission leaders' busy schedules and to optimize learning and interaction, the program features a blend of in-person meetings and online sessions to understand key principles in clinical and organizational ethics. In addition to providing a foundation in Catholic social teaching and moral principles vital to Catholic health care, the curriculum will examine critical issues around beginning and end-of-life care, ethics committees, partnerships, shaping organizational culture, new frameworks for ethics beyond acute care settings and more. Faculty are noted ministry ethicists and theologians who have years of experience in Catholic health care ethics.