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To improve health care quality and promote respect for human dignity in North Carolina by fostering collaboration in clinical ethics education, deliberation, consultation, and policy development among colleagues across the state.

While currently in transition, the Network envisions retaining its original services in some format. They include:


CENNC education is focused on development of the knowledge and skills needed to conduct ethics consultation and engage in ethics deliberation in a clinical setting.

  • Knowledge components include ethical awareness, moral reasoning, foundational bioethical concepts, and news of current controversies in bioethics.
  • Skills components include interpersonal and analytical capabilities.

Building on resources available to our faculty within our founding centers, the Network aims to offer a variety of educational modes–including, lectures, workshops, and conferences.

Informal Consultation

Hospital ethics committee leaders may request help in enhancing any of their three services: consultation, education, or policy development.  Faculty members of founding centers who respond to requests may offer suggestions regarding substantive or process issues. Modest requests may be addressed in short conversations. Requests for more extensive assistance must be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Policy Development

Upon request and as time permits, CENNC may facilitate task forces to develop model policies covering issues of special interest.