Online Program

Case study: Community health needs assessment and the patient protection and affordable care act

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Leonard Ortmann, PhD, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of Scientific Integrity, Public Health Ethics Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been working to develop training material on public health ethics. We have found that use of cases is an effective approach for promoting discussion of complex ethical issues. This presentation will describe CDC's work to develop public health ethics cases and will present a case that CDC has developed in collaboration with the CDC Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director that examines some of the ethical implications of the new community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Time will be allotted for a discussion of the values, goals, and perspectives of the major stakeholders, an exploration of how these goals and perspectives may come into conflict and produce ethical tensions, and a discussion of how public health perspectives and ethical principles can provide guidance. This presentation will provide an opportunity for the audience to discuss the ethical implications of public health involvement in the CHNA process as well as to explore how the case can be used as a teaching tool.

Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the ethical implications of public health involvement in the community health needs assessment (CHNA) process. Explain how case studies can be used as a tool for teaching public health ethics.

Keyword(s): Ethics, Community Benefits

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as a public health ethicist working with the Public Health Ethics Unit in the Office of the Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I completed a two-year fellowship in public health ethics at CDC in 2010. Prior to this I taught ethics and bioethics at Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.
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.