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Presentation - How To (and Why) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health

NCCHPP & NCCMT Webinar - Priority-setting in Public Health: Evidence and Ethics in Decision-making
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NCCHPP & NCCID Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
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NCCHPP & NCCEH Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health,
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Repertoire - Ethics Frameworks for Public Health 

Utilitarianism in Public Health
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'Principlism' and Frameworks in Public Health Ethics
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Introduction to Public Health Ethics 3: Frameworks for Public Health Ethics
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An Introduction to the Ethical Implications of Economic Evaluations for Healthy Public Policy

Bulletin on what's new in public health ethics [in French, with resources in Fr/En]. From the Public health ethics committee secretariat (Institut national de santé publique du Québec).

Ethics and public health: Forging a strong relationship. By Callahan, D. & Jennings, B. (2002). In the American Journal of Public Health, 92(2), 169-76. On the site of PubMed Central.

Population Health Ethics: Annotated Bibliography. By Greenwood, H.L. and Edwards, N. (2009). On the site of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH).

Re-visioning Public Health Ethics: A Relational Perspective. By Kenny, N., Sherwin, S. and Baylis, F. (2010). Can J Public Health 2010; 101(1) 9-11. On the site of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

The contribution of ethics to public health. By Coleman, C.H. et al. (2008). In the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86 (8). On the site of the World Health Organization.

Framework of Values to Support Ethical Analysis of Public Health Actions. By Filitrault, F., Désy, M. and Leclerc, B. (2015). On the site of l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Éthique et santé publique. Enjeux, valeurs et normativité. By Massé, R. (2003). Québec : Les Presses de l'Université Laval. (In French only).

WHO guidelines on ethical issues in public health surveillance. World Health Organization. (2017). Geneva. On the site of the World Health Organization.

Olivier Bellefleur

Michael Keeling

Since our last update in January 2016, we have worked on developing three workshops that were held between March and June, we have continued to produce short summary versions of public health ethics frameworks as well as case studies, we have advanced a longer publication on paternalism (to appear in 2017), and we have planned several webinars for the coming months.

During the past few months:

At our workshops this year, besides familiarizing participants with public health ethics in general, part of our focus was to identify and present some of the principal features of public health ethics frameworks (their orientations, methodologies, practical guidance, areas of applicability, the values they highlight, etc.) as a guide for how to read, analyze, and choose public health ethics frameworks more generally. This is work in progress, inspired by some of the insights in Marjorie MacDonald's Introduction to Public Health Ethics 3: Frameworks for Public Health Ethics, to read this publication, click here.
Photo - Frederick George Richard Roth: Performing Elephant. 1906. 
Source - The
Met Collection Online. Open access - OASC. .

  • In March, we spent an afternoon with public health and community health practitioners in Winnipeg, at an event organized by the Manitoba Provincial Health Ethics Network (MB-PHEN) and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. To read more or consult the PowerPoint, click here.

  • In May, we held a workshop at the Community Health Nurses of Canada conference in St. John's. To read more or consult the PowerPoint, click here.

  • In June, we were at the Canadian Public Health Association conference in Toronto. To read more or consult the PowerPoint, click here.

As with our previous workshops and webinars, we have continued to produce short, adapted summaries of frameworks and short case studies that participants can use to practice ethical deliberation. We are collecting these in order to make them easier to find and to use. In September 2016, we added adapted summaries of frameworks by ten Have et al. (2012) and Schröder-Bäck et al. (2014), and new cases on a soda tax and on electronic cigarette legislation. They are all available here.

We have also added two frameworks (Gruskin & Daniels, 2008; and Nuffield, 2007) to our repertoire of ethics frameworks for public health. This resource gathers together 25 frameworks with links to the original documents as well as to our short, adapted summaries where available. The repertoire is available here.

Plans for the coming months:

We are working with our NCC colleagues to hold six webinars in 2016-2017

For more information about the 2016-17 webinars, click here.

We will be publishing a longer paper, How to Analyze the Ethics of Paternalism in Public Health. It is currently in draft form and will appear in winter-spring 2017. If you would like to read and comment on an earlier version, please send us a note.

Finally – we are curious. How do you and your colleagues do / think about / engage with ethics? Do you have or use a framework? A code of ethics? Are there any resources that you think would help? Let us know. You can contact us here:        



2015 was a busy year for us. As you may notice in the list of work below, we have focused much of our attention on ethics frameworks for public health over the past year.
In 2014, the Centre has been scaling up work in public health ethics. We have focused our efforts in five areas in which we will continue to work in 2015.
We would like to know about what areas of public health ethics are of interest to you.
May 2014. Description.
In our last update we wrote about three goals:
We are planning to continue our work in public health ethics by focusing on three goals in particular during 2013.
These days, we are inviting others to collectively discuss practical questions.
The development and implementation of measures, programs and policies to improve the health of populations raises many normative issues.
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