The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care (National Bioethics Center) was mandated as part of the 1997 Presidential Apology for the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee (USPHS Syphilis Study). It is the only mandated bioethics center in the U.S. and the only one at a HBCU. The National Bioethics Center opened in 1999, to educate the public about the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. In 2010, the National Bioethics Center implemented the 2010 - 2020 Bioethics Center Strategic Plan. While continuing to educate the general public, the Strategic Plan outlined a research and translation agenda to engage in public health ethics across all components of the National Bioethics Center activities. In 2010, a vision and mission were enunciated and goals, objectives, strategies, tactics and evaluation process were formulated. Commemoration Events continue and highlight a Healing Session for the descendent family members, the Annual Apology Banquet and Luncheon, the Public Health Ethics Intensive Course, the Tuskegee University & Macon County Bridge Building Program, the Bioethics Honors Program, a robust ethics research agenda, enhanced scholarship, including publishing a biannual edition of the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, 3-5 publications in peer review journals, several book chapters and multiple scientific and ethics presentations at the local, state, region, national and international forums. The cooperative agreement proposal will continue to expand and enhance public health ethics in all component of the National Bioethics Center. While a formal evaluation of the 2022 -2023 Strategic Plan will be written, implemented and rigorously evaluated. Expanded partnerships will be sought with government and non-government, academic and non-academic organizations, global, national and local private and public sector stakeholders, faith leadership and community advocates. The ultimate goal remains, which is to honor
the men (and their families), who were in the United States Public Health Syphilis Study at Tuskegee and develop evidence based strategies to prevent bioethics and public health violations from reoccurring.