Online Program

APHA engagement with for-profit entities. Analyzing potential benefits and risks

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
In spite of the ethical issues and potential for conflicts of interest and reputational risk, APHA cannot avoid engagement with for-profit entities. In fact, we will need to seek out relationships that can be beneficial from a public health perspective. However, considerations for accepting financial sponsorship will sometimes differ from those that apply to other types of relationships. We can structure our discussions in ways that allow thinking systematically about pros and cons and possible safeguards.

Learning Areas:

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

Learning Objectives:
List 2 specific aspects of potential relationships with for profit entities that should guide the thinking of APHA leadership in this respect.

Keyword(s): Ethics, Public/Private Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and a public health nutrition researcher; I serve on the APHA Executive Board and am the 2015 APHA President.I have researched this topic and given related talks at APHA affiliate meetings during my term as President. I also have participated with other organizations, particularly the World Obesity Federation, which is involved in a Conflict of Interest coalition that engages with the World Health Organization around these issues.
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.