Section Newsletter
Fall 2008


Welcome to the Ethics SPIG Newsletter for Fall 2008

The 2008 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego (Oct. 25-29, 2008) is nearly upon ,and we look forward to an excellent series of sessions concerning public health ethics. Here thanks are owed to those providing submissions and to reviewers. The theme Public Health Without Borders follows well last year's focus on public health and human rights in shaping our program.

For your reference, Ethics Special Primary Interest Group sessions are here (both primary and endorsed sessions, the latter in italics).

The large number of Ethics SPIG endorsed sessions reflects the cross-cutting nature of ethical reflection in public health.  Given this, we look forward to adding to the SPIG participants from across APHA as secondary or primary affiliates as we move toward Section status in the upcoming two years.

Ethics SPIG primary sessions all fall on either Monday, Oct. 26 or Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The exact rooms will be listed in the comprehensive meeting program guide when you arrive in San Diego.

Monday (Oct. 27)

Tuesday (Oct. 28)

We encourage members to attend the new student session Tuesday morning and continue to engage students in public health ethics. We look forward to increasing the expansion in student membership and active participation in the Ethics SPIG. 

The dedicated student session introduced this year should become a standard feature of our general program. Additionally students should continue to be encouraged also to submit to other sessions as well.

This increased student participation follows last year's initiative to more effectively engage public health practitioners beyond the academic setting, ably advanced by Robert Hood.

Finally, the Ethics SPIG Business Meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. provides you an important opportunity to become more involved in the SPIG, including to fill positions such as program chair elect and important editorial functions including the Newletter and SPIG Web site, or in liaison capacities to other SPIGs and Sections, as well as on APHA committees. The general succession is program chair elect, program chair, SPIG chair, SPIG membership chair.  Students are welcome to attend, contribute and serve. 

The business meeting is also an opportunity to meet leading colleagues and consider together desired developments in the SPIG's role as a formative voice in public health ethics, ethics education and applications.

Our ongoing thanks to Program Chair Andrea Kalfoglau for her diligent labors in preparing this year's program, assisted also by Program Chair-Elect Jennifer Ruger. Andrea has been a primary force in increasing focus on student participation.
  We can look forward to her leadership as SPIG Chair for 2008-2009.

We also appreciate the collobaration of colleagues from the Genomics Forum over the past year and look forward to this relationship expanding as public health genomics increases in prominence.

Thank you for encouraging others to join the Ethics SPIG under the new secondary affiliation option with which for $30 (each) one can add up to two additional affilations beyond one's primary designation (securely updating here). This is particularly attractive as public health ethics crosses all public health domains. (For additional details contact Yvonne Kazim (, the APHA member services coordinator.)

Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego,

Kirk Allison
Ethics SPIG Chair

Public Health Ethics - 25 Percent Journal Discount for SPIG Members

Public Health Ethics edited by Marcel Verweij and Angus Dawson is now available to SPIG members at a 25 percent discount.

Oxford University Press has authorized offering APHA Ethics SPIG members a 25 percent discount subscripton (from 40 GB pounds to 30).  Currently the journal comprises three issues per year.

Please contact Marcel for specifics:

The editors invite you to submit your research to Public Health Ethics (

        For free access to the first issue of Public Health Ethics:

    * Home page:
    * Find the section entitled ‘Reader services’.
    * Click on ‘free sample issue’.
    * Register (this does not cost anything).

John Parascandola, "Sex, Sin, and Science: A History of Syphilis in America"

Ethics SPIG member and former Public Health Service historian John Parascandola has recently published Sex, Sin, and Science: A History of Syphilis in America (Praeger, 2008). 

For further information about the book, go to

WHO Bulletin Focus: Ethics and Public Health

Ethics and Public Health is the focus of the August 2008 issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

The Bulletin is provides free access to .pdf archives complete to the first edition in 1947.

Latest Research in Public Health Ethics


Click here for a list of the latest research in public health ethics.