Online Program

Teaching about international pharmaceutical trade and global health public - key concepts in nursing & health care delivery

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:05 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Raeann LeBlanc, DNP-PHNL, ANP/GNP-BC, Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
The association between global trade and public health is powerfully influenced by economies of wealth. While changing lifestyles and patterns of disease emergence are increasing among developed nations, many middle and low-income countries struggle with infectious disease epidemics and a rising burden on chronic illness. Among nations, there is significant disparity in access to medications as cost and availability differ. In teaching public health to students who will become direct health care providers it is important to raise awareness to these major implications that underlie public health. Raising awareness of differential access to medications and changing conditions in global trade demonstrates a key area of educational development in addressing global health problems. These implications require our critical attention in linking the changes in international trade to changes in both local and global public health practice and linking the influence of trade policy on access medications as a part of basic healthcare equity. This oral presentation will highlight this key area and the impact of this learning on students in a general advanced practice nursing program.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the importance of teaching healthcare providers the connections between international trade agreements, intellectual property laws, and corporate pharmaceutical monopolies in influencing access, affordability, and availability to presciption drugs locally and globally.

Keyword(s): Access, Access to Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a graduate of a public health nurse leadership program with investigation of topics related to trade policy in addition to other projects related to access to healthcare and public health policy. I have been a direct care provider of health services to vulnerable populations for over 20 years.
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.