Online Program

Trauma exposure and public health ethics

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Edward L. Strickler Jr., MA, MA, MPH, CHES, School of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Trauma, trauma exposure, and impacts of trauma and trauma exposure are areas of public health concern that have sometimes been discounted or poorly understood among and in relation to other public health concerns. Impacts of trauma and trauma exposure have acquired increased attention as public health personnel and systems have been called to respond to mass interpersonal violence, large-scale natural disasters and social calamities, new epidemiologic evidence of the scope and prevalence of sexual, partner, and family violence, war, refugees of war, and veterans of war, evidence of syndemic associations of violence with other public health concerns such as HIV/AIDS, increasing rates of suicide across the United States, and other alarms.  Biological, neuropsychological, epigenetic and other scientific inquiries have raised awareness regarding behavioral, social, and across-generational effects of trauma and trauma exposure.  Considering current understandings of trauma, trauma exposure, and impacts of these may provide important perspectives for reviewing our current public health code of ethics (PHLS, 2002) and building any code of ethics that intends to present the ideals of  contemporary public health institutions.  For example constructs defining health and safety and well being, public health and public safety, may be in conversation.  For example fresh conceptualizations of community and interdependence, trust and solidarity may emerge.   Our discussion of these issues will contribute to assessment of our current public health code of ethics.

Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe how epidemiology, research findings, and experiences regarding trauma exposure may inform perspectives on a public health code of ethics. Examine elements of the current public health code of ethics in light of ethical guidance from other disciplines (e.g. public safety) that respond to violence and other trauma. Discuss considerations that may give an account of public health ethics highlighting solidarity and other constructs of social relationship.

Keyword(s): Ethics, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member with the APHA Ethics Section and have successfully presented abstracts in past APHA Annual Meetings and at other professional meetings and conferences. I have academic preparation in religious ethics (MA), clinical ethics (MA), and public health (MPH).
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.