202592 Role of Public Health Ethics in Water Management, Emergency Preparedness, and Disaster Management

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ruth Gaare Bernheim, JD MPH , Division of Public Health Policy & Practice, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH , Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
What is the role of ethics in efforts of water management, emergency preparedness, and disaster management? The recent graduating class of the National Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI) is examining the issues of ethics in public health practice and has developed cases on how the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health can been used. This panel will draw on the PHLI cases and other cases, along with the Principles, as a framework to explore different tools, such as quality management and evaluation that can be used in water management, emergency preparedness, and disaster management. Application of the Principles demonstrates that accountability, increasing transparency of decisions and fostering community trust, are relevant in state and local public health interventions. In addition, they are flexible, compatible, and extensible, allowing public health ethics to be incorporated in different areas of public health practice. Presenters will keep their presentations short to allow audience members time to a share their experiences. Also, members from the recent graduating class of PHLI will be invited to the session to share their work.

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze the ways the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health can be applied in different ways in water management and disaster. 2. Incorporate the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health into efforts at local and state agency levels of emergency preparedness.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Co-chair of the Public Health Leadership Society's Ethics Committee. I currently serve as a mentor to a group of recent graduates of the national Public Health Leadership Institute, who have been working on a active learning project around public health ethics.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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