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Injecting Ethics into the Public Health Quality Improvement and Accreditation

November 17, 2009. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, a panel discusses how public health agencies can use ethical codes to demonstrate accountability, increase the transparency, and foster community trust in through use of accreditation standards.

Quick Facts

Topics: Accreditation & Quality Improvement, Law and Policy & Ethics

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

Although emerging standards for the accreditation of public health agencies do not explicitly consider ethics, ethical principles can provide a rationale for including them in the accreditation process. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH, Ruth Gaare-Bernheim, JD, MPH, and Kathy C. Vincent, LCSW, discuss how local and state public health agencies can use the Code to demonstrate accountability, increase the transparency of decisions and foster community trust in development and application of the accreditation standards.

Air date: November 17, 2009

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the role of ethics in the accreditation process
  • Describe the ethical principles underlying the public health accreditation standards
  • Explain how public health agencies can use the Public Health Code of Ethics in implementing accreditation standards

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public health nurses; Local and state emergency management staff

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Accreditation & Quality Improvement, Law and Policy & Ethics

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH is the Health Officer for Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties and Associate Professor for the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Public Health & General Preventive Medicine.

Ruth Gaare-Bernheim, JD, MPH, is director of the Division of Public Health Policy and Practice and of the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Medicine, as well as associate director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, at the University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Ethics Subcommittee and Virginia's State Pandemic Flu Advisory Board. She also is president of the Virginia Public Health Association from 2009-11.

Kathy C. Vincent, LCSW, has diverse staff duties as Staff Assistant to the State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health. She analyzes management/operational issues, assists in the development of agency directions, resolves agency/staff issues or questions, and analyzes and develops agency response to federal/state legislation - current and proposed.

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