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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
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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.

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A Survey of Ethical Principles and Guidance Within Selected Pandemic Plans
This document provides a survey of the explicit goals, ethical principles, and ethics-related recommendations put forward by a selection of national, sub-national and international pandemic preparedness plans and policies.
Published in June 2011.  DescriptionDownload   668 K

Moral theories and concepts draw attention to and encourage debate on the variety of ends, goals, and means that can be adopted in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
This survey provides a concise comparison of several ethical frameworks in order to help us to think about how we might deliberate to justify difficult decisions in the context of an actual public health emergency.

A Survey of Ethical Principles and Guidance Within Selected Pandemic Plans  
43 pages
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The document considers the following plans, and offers a short summary or key points from each: 

The Canadian Pandemic Influenza Plan for the Health Sector (CPIP) (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006)

Quebec Pandemic Influenza Plan – Health Mission (Quebec, 2006)

Ontario Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic (Ontario, 2008)

Nova Scotia Health System Pandemic Influenza Plan: Ethical Considerations and Decision-Making Framework (Nova Scotia, 2007)

First Nations Public Health: A Framework for Improving the Health of Our People and Our Communities (Assembly of First Nations, 2007)

Ethical considerations in developing a public health response to pandemic influenza (World Health Organization [WHO], 2007)

Getting Through Together: Ethical values for a pandemic (New Zealand, 2007)

Responding to pandemic influenza: The ethical framework for policy and planning (United Kingdom, 2007)

Ethical Guidelines in Pandemic Influenza (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007

California Department of Health Services (CDHS) Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan (California, 2006)

New Mexico Pandemic Influenza Operational Plan (NM PIOP) (New Mexico, 2008)

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Pandemic Influenza Plan (Minnesota, 2006)

National plan for the prevention and control “Influenza pandemic” (France, 2007)

Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (AHMPPI) (Australia, 2008)

Swiss Influenza Pandemic Plan (Switzerland, 2009)

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