Section Newsletter
Spring 2008


Welcome to the Ethics SPIG newsletter for Spring  2008.

We look forward to your ongoing participation, interest and communications in anticipation of the 2008 Annual Meeting in San Diego (Oct. 25-29, 2008).  There we will explore the theme Public Health Without Borders from the standpoint of public health ethics. 

The Ethics Special Primary Interest Group received more than 45 abstracts for Ethics SPIG sessions (including a poster session). Our sessions all fall on Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

In particular the new student session drew interest consistent with the SPIG's commitment to engage students in public health ethics generally and in our goal to have significant growth in student membership in the Ethics SPIG as it strives to acheive Section status over the next three years.  Our thanks to Program Chair Andrea Kalfoglau for her diligent labors in preparing this year's program, assisted also by Program Chair-Elect Jennifer Ruger. 

We also look forward to your participation at the Ethics SPIG business meeting on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.  This an opportunity to participate in the ongoing development of the SPIG and to serve in a variety of capacities including as program chair-elect, then as program chair and ultimately as chair, as membership chair, Webmaster, or in liaison capacities to other SPIGs and Sections, as well as on APHA committees.

Regarding APHA committees, Robert Hood, a former Ethics SPIG chair and current member, has been appointed to the Equal Health Opportunity Committee by the Executive Board and is also serving out an open term for the next 1.5 years as an at-large representative of the Governing Council.

Robert has also submitted an article of interest for this newsletter (below) concerning the Florida Department of Health's groundbreaking accreditation through the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) - the first department of health to have done so. Congratulations!

We look forward to your 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.

Giving due credit, many thanks to all who participated in reviewing and submitting abstracts this year and in building relationships beyond the Ethics SPIG, such as with the Genomics Forum.

Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego,

Kirk Allison
Ethics SPIG Chair

2008 Annual Meeting Ethics SPIG Sessions

2008 Annual Meeting Ethics SPIG Sessions

Monday, Oct. 27

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
3120.1 Pandemics, Epidemics and Public Health Ethics

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
3215.0 Ethics, Accreditation and Quality Improvement

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
3263.0 Public Health Without Borders (Poster Session)

Tuesday, Oct. 28

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Student Papers in Public Health Ethics

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
4088.0 International Research Ethics

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
4182.0 Case Studies in Public Health Ethics

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
4352.0 Global Bioethics, Health and Justice

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
427.0 Ethics SPIG Business Meeting

Florida First State Health Department to Achieve AAHRPP Human Subjects Protection Accreditation

Robert Hood, PhD, who chaired the Ethics SPIG in 2006-2007, succesfully lead the Florida Department of Health in 2008 to become the first state health department in the United States to be fully accreditated by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

His article (here) relates the significance, journey and (at times) pitfalls in the Florida process - toward raising the bar of quality beyond federal and state standards in human subjects protection in public health research contexts.

New Journal! Public Health Ethics (Oxford)

Public Health Ethics - edited by Marcel Verweij and Angus Dawson - now available

SPIG member Marcel Verweij invites you to submit your research to the new Oxford Press journal Public Health Ethics.  To access the innagural issue, see below.

You can get free access to the first issue of Public Health Ethics from the Oxford Press journal homepage.

    * See:
    * Find the section entitled ‘Reader services’.
    * Click on ‘free sample issue’.
    * You will have to register – but this does not cost anything.

We welcome comments and feedback on the journal – and look forward to your future submissions.

Happy reading.

Best wishes,
Angus and Marcel.

Dr. Angus Dawson,
Visiting Professor / Faculty Fellow,
Centre for Ethics,
University of Toronto,
6, Hoskin Avenue,
M5S 1H8

Latest Research in Public Health Ethics

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