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Webinar - How Can We (and Why Should We) Analyze the Ethics of Paternalistic Policies in Public Health? Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

Webinar NCCHPP & NCCAH - Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City.

NCCHPP & NCCDH Webinar - Public Health Ethics and Equity: Naming and Navigating Ethical Issues in Public Health Practice. Click to watch and listen to the recording of the webinar.

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
 772 K

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

Summary of a literature review

In our November 2017 update, we said that the Centre had been working with a research group at the École de santé publique de l'Université de Montréal (ÉSPUM - the University of Montréal's School of Public Health). We discovered that we had many common interests with respect to public health ethics in Canada and that the group had already begun work on finding out the state of ethics education in schools of public health in Canada and around the world. Based on that work, we have produced a short, summary document that presents the main points from their literature review. That summary will be available here in April 2018.

We encourage readers to consult the original article, available here (open access): 

Doudenkova, V., Bélisle-Pipon, J.-C., Ringuette, L., Ravitsky, V., & Williams-Jones, B. (2017). Ethics education in public health: where are we now and where are we going? International Journal of Ethics Education, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s40889-017-0038-y
Photo - Alfred Stieglitz: Rain Drops. 1927. 
Source - The Met Collection Online. Public Domain.

Two surveys

We partnered with the group at ÉSPUM in 2017 to conduct a survey of schools of PH to better understand the state of PH ethics teaching (what is taught, how and by whom, perceived appropriateness, further needs, etc.) in 32 Canadian university PH programs and schools. The preliminary results of that survey are now available. To learn more, click here.

Also in 2017, the Centre led a second survey of Canadian PH stakeholders at all levels on the ethics resources they use in practice and their needs for additional tools and training. The preliminary results of that survey are now available. To learn more, click here.

We will be presenting and discussing the results of these surveys during a symposium at the Canadian Public Health Association's Public Health 2018, on May 29, 2018, in Montréal. For more information, click here.  (On the CPHA's conference website)

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In our last update we mentioned that we were working on two surveys re practices and needs in public health ethics, webinars in partenership with other NCCs and a document on paternalism.
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.
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.
The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.