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Ethics in the Age of Bioterrorism (with special focus on Hurricane Katrina)

August 31, 2005

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Program Description:
This collaborative program sponsored by the University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and presented by the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness, discusses the ethical complexities which public health, medical and other professionals face if and when a terrorist attack or public health crises occur, and how best to prepare and respond under anxiety filled and emergency conditions. The program was extended to 90 minutes to allow additional discussion of the ethical issues related to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Dr Kayman, a native of New Orleans, and the moderator, Peter Slocum, explore the ethical dimensions of issues that immediately presented themselves in the wake of the hurricane, including: use of federal funds to rebuild the city of New Orleans; victims taking merchandise from abandoned stores; underlying socio-economic disparities in the population, mandatory evacuation, and many others. Dr Kayman challenges us to acknowledge the ethical conundrums and engage in a wide dialogue about the moral, ethical, and legal decisions that will be made.

Objectives:
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  1. Attend to the tension between individual needs and liberties versus the "common good".
  2. Become acquainted with the "precautionary principles".
  3. Be aware of ethical issues concerning public health.

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Who Should Attend:
National audience of state and local public health professionals and their partners (e.g., healthcare professionals, EMS personnel, law enforcement, media representatives, etc).

These projects are supported under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grant number U90/CCU224249-01. The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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