Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health
In this webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCEH, participants discussed the evidence and ethics of a case involving radon.
November 2016.  Description.  PPT  1.7 MB. 

Anne-Marie Nicol, Environmental Health Scientist at the NCCEH
Michael Keeling and Olivier Bellefleur, Research Officers at the NCCHPP  

The webinar, co-presented by NCCHPP and NCCEH on November 29, 2016, featured a case involving radon testing at daycares and highlighted both evidence and ethics. This webinar was developed primarily for public health inspectors, but was also intended to be of interest for a general audience.

Our goal was to present the case and a brief discussion of the evidence regarding risk, remediation and some of the issues facing inspectors, parents, building owners and managers, not to mention homeowners and the general public. Then we turned our attention to considering the ethical issues raised by the case. To do this, we presented an ethics framework in order to guide ethical deliberation in which participants were able to:

  • Identify ethical values and issues that are pertinent to the case,

  • Consider how some conflicts may arise between values,

  • Think about how to balance those conflicts in order to decide what to do.

Webinar - Public Health Ethics: A Case in Environmental Health
54 slides
 1.7 MB

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The presentation includes several resources for further reading, including material about radon, more introductory material about public health ethics and links to several frameworks that can help make ethics more accessible for practitioners.

This is the first in a series of webinars presented by the NCCHPP in collaboration with our colleagues at the NCCs for public health. This series will focus on combining evidence and ethics to improve decision making in diverse sectors of public health practice. Our goal is to help practitioners to incorporate ethical perspectives into their everyday practices, with webinars designed to be relevant for practitioners in the various areas served by the different NCCs.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at: ncchpp@inspq.qc.ca


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