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209644 Legal and ethical indicators impacting vulnerable populations in public healh emergency preparedness and response
Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 11:30 AM
The tragedies that resulted from hurricanes Rita and Katrina, patently demonstrated the critical role law and ethics play in public health emergency preparedness and response. To first identify and then address the legal and ethical issues impacting the preparedness and response efforts of the fifty states and the federal Public Health Systems, the research team set out to define the ethical issues impacting emergency response among members of vulnerable populations across the Country. To accomplish this, 4 focus groups were held with individuals representing vulnerable populations and service providers served by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) Advanced Practice Centers. The advanced practice centers are local health departments designated by NAACHO as engaged in innovative projects to enhance public health system performance. Advanced practice centers are located in Massachusetts, Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, California, Washington, Texas, and New York.
Focus groups findings identified a number of ethical issues not yet addressed in the preparedness literature.
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