Online Program

Aligning the moral compass: Meeting public health ethics needs in nova scotia, Canada

Monday, November 4, 2013

Marika Warren, Ph.D., Department of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
The Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network (NSHEN) provides ethics support for the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, primarily through education and other capacity building activities. We conducted a “lessons learned” activity after H1N1 and through that process identified a need for greater capacity around public health ethics in Nova Scotia. Since then, we have sought to both meet the ethics needs of public health professionals and increase capacity around public health ethics through a variety of means. In this presentation I first describe the public health ethics related needs identified in Nova Scotia. I identify the issues that were of particular interest to public health professionals and questions about public health ethics raised by individuals working in other areas of health care delivery. I then present various strategies we have developed in order to meet these needs and build public health ethics capacity in Nova Scotia. These include telehealth sessions, presentations to ethics committees, a pre-conference, workshops, involvement with provincial all hazards planning, and the development of a public health ethics decision-making framework. I briefly describe the process of designing and delivering these strategies and highlight aspects of the Nova Scotia context that give rise to particular opportunities and challenges. I will conclude by identifying the next steps for our work, including increasing capacity for public health ethics consultation and integrating public health ethics into other ethics education activities.

Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements

Learning Objectives:
Describe the ethics-related needs of public health professionals Describe the public health ethics-related needs of non-public health care providers Describe at least two strategies that can be used to meet public health ethics needs

Keyword(s): Ethics, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am directly involved with assessing the need for and delivering public health ethics education in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have organized telehealth sessions, presentations to ethics committees, workshops, and conferences on the topic of public health ethics. I produced a "lessons learned" document after H1N1 that identified the need for public health ethics education. I am working in collaboration with others on developing a public health ethics framework for Nova Scotia.
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.