This project is under the direction of Lincoln Professor James Hodge. It incorporates an applied ethics component into an existing Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant on legal and policy decisions in real time health emergencies. The aim is to produce both scholarly contributions and “practical guidance” on the application of ethical principles in pandemics and other health emergencies. As part of the project an interactive exercise was developed with the ASU Decision Theater combining legal theory and ethics with decision science. This project gave rise to the strictly ethics focused project described above on an ethics code for those involved in decision-making in healthcare emergencies.
Public Health Emergency Ethics
The goal of the project is to generate a series of core principles of ethics to help guide critical decisions among public and private actors during public health emergencies. Development of an Arizona-based model Code of Public Health Emergency Ethics may help provide consistent, morally-justifiable guidance for these difficult decisions.
In 2013, the project to develop a Model Code of Public Health Emergency Ethics will be vaulted to the national stage, with an anticipated meeting and additional consensus building among national figures in ethics, law, public health practice, and emergency preparedness. In collaboration with the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, a projected outcome from these efforts is the revision of the existing Arizona-based model for use and consideration at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. Furthermore, additional activity re: the Arizona-based model will be highlighted as part of the upcoming Crisis Standards of Care meeting organized by the Arizona Department of Health Services on Thursday, January 24, 2013. At this meeting, Professor Hodge and Lincoln Fellow, Dan Orenstein, will present on the scope and utility of the model code during public health emergencies.