As the year winds down to a close, we reflect on a rewarding, productive year here at The Greenwall Foundation. We embarked on new projects, refined existing initiatives, and celebrated the achievements of those who contribute to making the Foundation community the vibrant, dynamic collective that it is.
In January, Faculty Scholar Alum Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, PhD, spearheaded the launch of the Philosophical Bioethics Hub, funded by a Foundation grant, which is an expansive home for bioethics resources, that builds on a seminar series that has been a part of Greenwall’s Faculty Scholars Program for nearly a decade.
Two cycles of Making a Difference grants were awarded—one in the Spring, one in the Fall—promising impactful projects that will significantly influence health policy and practice. In the Spring, we also announced the latest members of our Faculty Scholars Program community—Faith Fletcher, PhD, Brendan Saloner, PhD, and Lauren Taylor, PhD—as that Program enters its third decade.
We launched an updated website in May, with new features and content that reflects both our growth in recent years and priorities in the years to come. Among this new content is an articulation of how values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion inform the way we approach our work at the Foundation.
In the Summer months, the Foundation held a webinar called Beyond COVID: The Broader Reach of Bioethics Research from the Pandemic, bringing together three Making a Difference grantees to share their takeaways from research conducted in the COVID-19 context. (We encourage you to join the audience of 18,000-plus who viewed the webinar’s recording on YouTube!)
In June and July, we celebrated a flurry of leadership milestones for the Foundation. Our Board elected Ann Alpers, JD, as its new Chair, and Phyllis Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN, as its Vice Chair. We were also delighted to welcome Keith Wailoo, PhD, to the Board as its newest member. The Board was also pleased to renew the contract of Michelle Groman, JD, as the Foundation’s President & CEO.
Lisa Harris, MD, PhD, received the 2023 Bernard Lo, MD Award in Bioethics, which recognized her pioneering work in bridging divides across the challenging landscape of reproductive health. Be sure to stay tuned for the 2024 Request for Nominations for this Award, which will be announced soon.