Online Program

Public health organizational ethics : Consumer and provider concerns in conversation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Edward Strickler Jr., MA, MA, MPH, CHES, School of Medicine, University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, Charlottesville, VA
Ethical reflection on human wellbeing is ancient, and widespread through many cultural foundations and histories, with commentators throughout domains and levels of society (academic, political, religious, elite, popular, literate, non-literate). Ethical reflection on clinical health care and clinical research involving humans and animals - bioethics – has been an important discussion from the second half of the 20th century, primarily among elites, and particularly in across the American and European continents. Public health ethics has emerged largely within the 21st century, with numerous commentators paying attention to dimensions of ‘community', ‘trust', and ‘cultural competence' that respect consumers and other non-elite stakeholders and participants in the health of populations. These inclusive overtures are encouraging but incomplete if not vested within the codes and standards of public health organizations. We will (1) introduce briefly some resources significantly influencing formation of public health organizational ethics, in the US and in global contexts (2) compare and contrast among these resources, (3) identify examples of diffusion of ethical deliberation within public health organizations (e.g. HIV Community Planning with local and state public health departments in the United States), and briefly discuss how these may extend and expand the role, capacity, and efficacy of public health organizational ethics. A brief case description and analysis – regarding criminalization of HIV transmission - a topic of contemporary concern in US and global contexts - will summarize elements of the presentation as an ethical conversation among providers and consumers of public health.

Learning Areas:

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

Learning Objectives:
Describe elements of public health organizational ethics that may apply in local and global contexts, across public health professional and community-based organizations.

Keyword(s): Ethics, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have accomplished advanced academic studies in Religious Ethics (MA) Clinical Ethics (MA) and Public Health (MPH). I have served in advisory roles with local and state public health departments for more than a decade, and served with the APHA Ethics SPIG in recent 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.