Our History

Our History

The Center for Health Policy & Ethics (CHPE) was established in the Health Sciences to be an academic center of excellence in scholarship and teaching. The Center's existence is in part made possible through an endowment from the Health Future Foundation.

A goal was established that the Center become pre-eminent in the study of ethical issues in health care and health policy while simultaneously supporting and fostering excellence in teaching ethics to students in Creighton's four health professions schools: School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

The History and Development
of the Center for Health Policy & Ethics
Significant Dates and Events

1985 - Health Future Foundation (HFF) establishes the Center for Health Policy & Ethics (CHPE) with an endowment.

1985 - Dr. Charles Dougherty is appointed as CHPE's first Director.

1987 - First major conference takes place: Confidentiality and AIDS Project

1989 - Women and Health Lecture established

1993 - Semi-annual newsletter, Focus, established

1994 - Dr. Ruth Purtilo becomes CHPE's second director

1997 - CHPE experiences its first Traveling Retreat

1997 - Establishment of Senior Visiting Fellow program

2000 - CHPE building constructed making it the first free-standing ethics center in the country

2000 - Establishment of CHPE Roundtables

2001 - First international collaboration held in The Netherlands: Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Foundations for Effective and Equitable Palliative Care Approaches

2002 - Dr. Amy Haddad is named as the Associate Director

2003 - The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research funds the major CHPE conference: Justice in Oral Health Care

2003 - CHPE hosts a multidisciplinary conference: Leadership in Ethics Education for Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

2004 - CHPE hosts a two-day conference: Justice and Health through Creative Technologies: Saris, "Whistles" & Buckets

2005 - Dr. Amy Haddad is appointed as CHPE's third Director.

2005 - Second international collaboration takes place in Bellagio, Italy: Ethical Issues in Public Health Policy in Post-Soviet Countries: Changing Attitudes and Practices towards Respect and Autonomy

2007 - CHPE hosts a gathering of leaders in Nursing Ethics for the conference: Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and a Vision

2009 - Master of Science in Health Care Ethics (MSHCE) Program Launch

2011 - First MSHCE graduating class

2011 - Women & Health Lecture moved to the Orpheum Theatre to accommodate largest audience numbered at 2200

2011 - CHPE hosts a conference: The Use of Human Tissue and the Public Trust: The Chasm between Science and Ethics

2012 - Graduate Certificate in Health Care Ethics Program Launched