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April 25 2019

PHESC's Public Health Ethics offerings

PHESC has extensive offerings in the Effective Public Health Practice Foundational Standard. We've listed everything on our website now -- let us know if you have trouble with any of the links. Here are the listings in the Public Health Ethics theme.

First Steps
Training Opportunities
Further Reading

See you at Public Health 2019!

PHESC will be in Ottawa next week at the Public Health 2019 conference! Look for our poster outlining the results of our needs assessment on Tuesday, May 30 during the Poster Presentation Session 1.

Partner Profile

Every month, we'll be highlighting one of our PHESC partners. This month, we're pleased to introduce Michael Keeling from the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP).

Where do you live? I live in Montréal in a neighbourhood called Villeray. It’s about an hour’s walk north of Mont-Royal and downtown, near Parc Jarry and Jean-Talon Market. I am also lucky enough to live just a short walk from my workplace.

Where do you work? I work at the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP), hosted by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. We focus on policies that influence health, usually through the social determinants of health, and on how people in public health can engage in policy development with other sectors to improve health. In our view, both evidence and values are important to take into account to inform decision making.

What are some current projects that you’re working on? We have been developing an introduction to public health ethics in order to make practical ethics more accessible for practitioners, managers and others in the public health sector. Everyone faces ethical decisions in their day to day work and we want to provide some orientation, some help with navigating ethical issues in decision making as well as access to tools and other resources. Among other things, we are developing an open-access online course that will be coming out in 2019-2020.

What are you most excited for as a PHESC partner? I’m glad that ethics is among the PHESC priorities and hope that we can be useful in helping to advance equity and other important values as best we can. I consider it to be good news any time people say it is important to take the time to learn more about ethics and to prioritize the time to practice and advance ethical literacy. That’s something we can all benefit from.

What long-term impact do you hope PHESC will have on the public health workforce in Ontario? PHESC's activities will translate directly into a more effective workforce. First, there are the skills gained through training (that goes without saying) but there are also the connections between resource organizations and health units. Both of these factors will produce benefits for Ontarians for years to come.

What is your favourite season and why? I tend to like whichever season we happen to be in, but if I have to choose, I will take fall: for the air, for the smell of the leaves, for the Canada Geese on the move. However, it’s not easy put fall ahead of spring, due again to the Geese on the move, but also for the lilac bushes that line the streets in my neighbourhood. They will bloom in mid-May, and when they do they are glorious…and it is almost unimaginable when you look at those bushes in April.

The Great Lakes


  A photo shot by Michael on the Great Lakes



Ottawa, Canada | 12&13 June 2019

Join over 600 healthcare, community, social care, policy and research colleagues this June in Ottawa for Community Health Connections 2019, co-hosted by the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres and the Alliance for Healthier Communities.

  • Early bird registration rates until April 26
  • See the website for program, registration, hotels, travel, and more