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Ethics Casebook in Population and Public Health

The NCCAH is pleased to announce a new public health casebook by the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB). Cases from Research, Policy and Practice is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Population and Public Health, the CIHR-Ethics Office, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, and Public Health Ontario.

This casebook responds to the combined commitment of these partners to advance the field of population and public health ethics. It is a collection of realistic cases from research, policy, and practice that can support further engagement, discussion and debate about ethics in population and public health.

The NCCAH contributed to two case studies:

  • Case 8: First Nations Drinking Water Policies by Mona Shum, Donna Atkinson and Chris Kaposy

This case discusses a number of interrelated ethical issues related to the lack of safe drinking water in many First Nations communities and provides questions for discussion. As of September 2012, there was an estimated 116 drinking water advisories across Canada in First Nations communities and many of them were long-term advisories (lasting more than one year). A case discussion by Ted Schrecker responds to the case, proposes resolutions, and raises additional considerations.

  • Case 14: Health Inequities in First Nations Communities and Canada’s Response to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic by Donna Atkinson, Mona Shum, Chris Kaposy and Margo Greenwood

This case examines the ethical considerations of poor living conditions within the context of the 2009 H1N1 outbreak and the efficacy of targeted public health interventions. In response, a discussion by Nicholas King presents considerations for justice and health equity, ethical analysis, and decision-making.