5160.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Privatization in Public Health: Politics and Business as Usual?

A growing threat to the integrity of public health is privatization. Privatization is the shifting or transferring of government services into the private sector. This political and market driven event often excludes people who are most in need of free services and have the least purchasing power in our society. The purpose of this presentation is to examine further how privatization unravels the basic tenets of public health. The presentation will include the following: 1) an overview of public health as a government-sponsored service, 2) current status of the privatization of public health services in the United States, 3) factors contributing to privatization, 4) various forms of privatization in public health, 5) the effects of privatization on the public's access to services, 6) the effects of privatization on the infrastructure of public health/the workforce, and 7) the responses of public health organizations to privatization. Panel members will present recent data on privatization of public health in the United States and selected cases. This panel is a continuation of the privatization panel at last year's conference and will include additional time for audience discussion and debate
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Mary Beth Gehl, ScD
12:30 PMOverview of Privatization
Mary Beth Gehl, ScD
12:45 PMSafety Net for Sale: Union Perspective on Privatization
Valerie Wilk, MS
1:00 PM(NACCHO) National Association of City and County Health Officials Partnership Project
Cindy Phillips, MSW, MPH
1:15 PMResults of a CDC-Funded National Study of Privatization in Local Health Departments
Chris Keane, ScD
1:30 PMDiscussion
The following abstracts have been withdrawn by the authors:
Political Forces Shaping Privatization
John Marx, PhD
Sponsor:Socialist Caucus
Cosponsors:Labor Caucus; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Public Health Workers; Social Work; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA