Online Program

Ethical considerations when evaluating prospective funders

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Marc Hiller, MPH, DrPH, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Historically, APHA members have expressed concern regarding real or perceived ethical concerns and/or conflict of interest from seeking and/or accepting funding from corporate entities including corporate foundations. For more than a decade, APHA has actively engaged its Committee on Social Responsibility (CSR) comprised of appointed Executive Board members and representatives from the ISC, COA and the Ethics Section to evaluate corporations/corporate foundations as potential funding sources in terms of their business ethics and their social values being aligned with those of the Association.

Due to diminishing investments in public health from “traditional” funding sources, new initiatives will require innovative funding and unusual funders. To achieve the “Healthiest Nation by 2030,” APHA will be required to seek funds from a broad array of funders – both public and private sources.

Over the past year, APHA has engaged different sectors of its leadership in active discussions concerning the engagement of out-of-the-box collaborators and the establishment of new, unique funding entities. The purpose of this session is to continue the conversation with APHA’s general membership to further explore how APHA may continue to grow and expand and achieve financial sustainability in an increasingly competitive funding world all while maintaining organizational integrity.

Critical and consistent engagement with membership is necessary to determine what policy changes may be necessary for public health entities to stay evolutionary while remaining fiscally sound.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss real or perceived risk (reputational, ethical or conflict of interest) for APHA to accept funding from corporate entities Understand to achieve the “Healthiest Nation by One Generation” that APHA will have to seek funding from a more broad array of potential funders, including private sector sources Discuss conditions under which APHA can solicit or accept money from corporate funders or corporate foundations to advance the public health entity while adhering to APHA values and protecting APHA interests

Keyword(s): Ethics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Professor of Health Management and Policy at University of New Hampshire teaching courses in health ethics and law and in public health ethics for 35+ years; founding member and former chairperson of the APHA Forum on Ethics, recently becoming the APHA Ethics Section; Executive Board-appointed member of the Committee on Social Responsibility. Co-chair SOPHE Ethics Committee; member ACHA Ethics Committee; member of multiple hospital ethics committees and institutional review boards.
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.