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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 102, Issue 6, pp 410–413 | Cite as

Population and Public Health Ethics in Canada: A Snapshot of Current National Initiatives and Future Issues

  • Sarah M. ViehbeckEmail author
  • Ryan Melnychuk
  • Christopher W. McDougall
  • Heather Greenwood
  • Nancy C. Edwards
Ethics In Public Health
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Abstract

To date, some work has been undertaken to define a code and stewardship framework for public health ethics. However, gaps in our understanding and application of ethics to the field of population and public health (PPH) remain. This paper presents the approach to building capacity for PPH ethics by three national-level organizations: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Population and Public Health, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. By first looking at each of the organizations’ respective activities and then across organizations, we synthesize our common approaches, highlight future directions and pose questions aimed at stimulating dialogue about the role of, and challenges confronting, the emerging field of PPH ethics in Canada.

Key words

Public health population health ethics capacity building 

Résumé

À ce jour, certains travaux ont été entrepris pour définir un code d’éthique et un cadre de gérance de l’éthique en santé publique. Il subsiste toutefois des lacunes dans la compréhension et l’application de l’éthique au domaine de la santé des populations et de la santé publique (SPSP). Cet article présente l’approche pour renforcer la capacité de l’éthique en SPSP par trois organisations nationales: l’Institut de la santé publique et des populations des Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, le Centre de collaboration nationale sur les politiques publiques et la santé ainsi que l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada. En jetant d’abord un coup d’oeil aux activités de chacune des organisations, puis à l’ensemble des organisations, nous synthétisons nos approches communes, faisons ressortir les orientations futures et posons des questions visant à favoriser le dialogue à propos du rôle du domaine émergent de l’éthique en SPSP au Canada et des défis auxquels il doit faire face.

Mots clés

santé publique santé des populations éthiques le renforcement des capacités 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah M. Viehbeck
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ryan Melnychuk
    • 2
  • Christopher W. McDougall
    • 3
  • Heather Greenwood
    • 1
  • Nancy C. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Population and Public HealthOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Public Health Agency of CanadaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public PolicyMontrealCanada

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