Educating the Public and Stimulating Debate
on Critical Issues in Patient-Care Ethics since 2008
Organizations the Center has started
Stop Organ Trafficking Now! is a 501(c)(4) organization lobbying to change laws that currently discriminate against living organ donors and encourage American transplant patients to seek organs on the black market. Our petition to encourage Congress to take up the issue of doing a better job of protection American living organ donors’ rights is on the SOTN website. www.stopotn.org (link to our petition is on the bottom-right side of the home page).
American Living Organ Donor Fund is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charity that serves living organ donors of all kinds (kidney, bone marrow, liver, and others). This organization advocates for donors, not transplant recipients. Our website has state by state information for benefits and services available for living organ donors, a living organ donor support group, and financial aid for living organ donors to help make their donation easier or, in some cases, even possible. www.HelpLivingOrganDonorsSaveLives.org or www.alodf.org.
The Center for Ethical Solutions is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. We are teaming with leading health-care researchers and ethicists working to inform and involve the public in medical ethics debates that affect their personal healthcare decision. The Center has the highest rating – Gold – from the Guide Star charity rating service that evaluates charities, among other things, for their financial transparency.
The Center’s biggest project is its SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project; most of our projects are related at least tangentially to that project. We would like to expand the Center to include a lobbying arm and study the feasibility of pilot projects on compensated kidney donation in the United States.
Solving the Organ Shortage (Our SOS Project)
Charity:** Our newest project is The American Living Organ Donor Fund that helps living organ donors with non-medical donation related expenses:–Click Here — to see our latest charitable. org campaign. The ALODF has helped make almost as many kidney transplants possible in the first two months of 2015 as some OPOs (The government sanctioned Organ Procurement Organizations that retrieve cadaveric organs for transplant).
As Time Runs Out: The Steve Lessin Story
An ethnographic documentary showing the lived experience of an individual who was waiting for a kidney and the effects that dialysis had on his life while he was waiting.
Healthcare Decision Making (Try Our Advance Directive Steward)
Helping patients and their families advocate for themselves, including the first ever online interactive decision-making matrix for planning healthcare decisions. Note that this project is in need of funding so it can be made more user friendly and updated.
Legal Trends in Bioethics
Sorting through confusing and sometimes contradictory bioethics legislation, case law, and regulation. Note that we need grant funding to continue this project.
Meeting the Needs of American Veterans
Studying healthcare options available for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, and the state of preparedness of the existing institutions charged with their care. Some updates are being made by dedicated volunteer scholars but we would looking for funding to expand the project.
Click here to learn more about the veterans project
Quick Facts About Suicide Among Service Members and Veterans
Quick Facts Sheet on PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
Investigating how to promote progress in pain management including end-of-life care, chronic pain treatment, and related legal and reimbursement issues. Some updates are being made by dedicated volunteer scholars but we would looking for funding to expand the project.
The legal standards for death are not uniform from state to state. This project is complete.
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