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Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials

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CDC and the National Association of County and CityHealth Officials (NACCHO) announce a FREE Web-on-Demand e-Learning module, Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials

Public health officials regularly balance competing ethical and professional obligations (e.g., efficiently but fairly allocating scarce resources, respecting individual rights while safeguarding the public’s health, protecting underserved and marginalized communities while engaging and sharing information in a transparent manner, and ensuring data confidentiality and individual privacy while conducting surveillance). The field of public health ethics provides a theoretical basis and practical frameworks for addressing challenges that commonly arise in public health practice. Because of the ethical challenges that public health officials face, there is an increasing need to demonstrate competence in public health ethics and an interest in public health ethics training. In order to address this need, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed a Web-on-Demand e-Learning module, Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials. This training will provide public health professionals with tools and practical examples to address ethical challenges that commonly arise in the practice of public health. The 1 hour 54 minute training presents the basics of public health ethics; examines the complementary role that ethics and law play in decision making; and reviews strategies for analyzing ethical issues, exploring the ethical dimensions of alternative courses of action, and justifying public health decisions. The training also presents an interactive case study that puts the learner in the role of a health official and walks through the steps of an ethical analysis using a real-life case scenario. This interactive case study will illustrate how to use ethics frameworks, such as the Principles of the Ethical Practice of Public Health, developed by the Public Health Leadership Society, in the decision making process.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Public Health Ethics Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 404-639-7570, PHEthics@cdc.gov.

Accredited to provide the following continuing education credits: CME, CNE, CEU, CECH for CHES,

To Access the Course: Click on http://www.naccho.org/university/ethics/.

Ø Create a NACCHO profile (or log in if you already have a profile).

Ø Once you are signed into your NACCHO account, you will be re-directed to the NACCHO University main page. To access the course, you may either paste the course URL (http://www.naccho.org/university/ethics/) into the address bar or navigate to the course by clicking on "Public Health Infrastructure and Systems” and then on "Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills”.

Ø To obtain continuing education credit, log onto the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online Website (www.cdc.gov/TCEOnline) and complete the required evaluation after you complete the course and the NACCHO evaluation.


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