Background: The Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession by CNHEO, gui


Background:
The Code of
Ethics for the Health Education Profession by CNHEO, guides the work of health
educators. The preamble of the Code states: “Health Educators are
responsible for upholding the integrity and ethics of the profession as they
face the daily challenges of making decisions. Health Educators value diversity
in society and embrace a multiplicity of approaches in their work to support
the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of all people” (CNHEO, n.d.,
para. I). For program planners, this means having integrity and being honest,
loyal, and accountable. Unethical practice leads to professional recklessness;
planners who act unethically damage their professional reputation and integrity
(Bensley, 2009).
“Ethical
issues permeate almost every decision and action undertaken in health
education” (Goldsmith, 2006, p. 33), including many of the decisions
associated with program planning. By ethical issues, we mean situations in
which competing values are at play and program planners need to make a judgment
about what is the most appropriate course of action. For example, planners may
want to create an intervention that includes an economic incentive for a
priority population that, for the most part, is composed of individuals with a
low socioeconomic status. Because of the socioeconomic status of those in the
priority population, the ethical issue that faces the planners is deciding at
what dollar value does the incentive cross over from encouraging people to
participate in a program to manipulating their participation in the program?
Many of the
ethical issues that program planners will face revolve around the three
fundamental principles of The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines
for the Protection of Human Subject Research, which has three fundamental
ethical principles: (1) respect for persons; (2) beneficence; and (3) justice.
Completing the Assignment:
Write a short
paper discussing the ethical concerns that could
impact your program if not
mindful of The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the
Protection of Human Subject. Specifically, write 1-2 paragraphs each on each of
the three ethical issues—(1) respect for persons, (2) beneficence, and (3)
justice. Use concrete examples related to your public health problem and program
activities.
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