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Date(s) - May 19, 2017
All Day

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : CDC’s Tom Harking Global Communications Center


Registration is currently closed for in-person attendance by external participants. If you have a federal employee ID badge and access to the CDC campus, you can register in-person on the day of the event. External participants are encouraged to attend online. Online registrants will be able to view the plenary sessions remotely, but unfortunately the concurrent breakout sessions will not be available.

Last day to order fresh lunches from Which Wich is Thursday, May 18th.Please scroll down and order your lunch which will be delivered on Friday, May 19th at the 2017 Public Health Ethics Forum at the CDC.

Please click here to review the recommended reading list in preparation for the forum.

Please click here for important Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) clearance information to attend the the 2017 Public Health Ethics Forum, “Optimal Health for Her Whole Life.

Register for the Friday, May 19, 2017 Public Health Ethics Forum at the CDC

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta at the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Auditorium B

National Women’s Health Week will be observed in the U.S., May 14th through May 20th.   The 2017 Public Health Ethics Forum, “Optimal Health for Her Whole Life,” focuses on a range of health issues and actions to improve the health of women and girls in the United States. The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) host this annual event. This year’s forum explores ways to promote and protect women’s health across the lifespan by emphasizing public health ethics in the practice of public health.

This year’s keynote speakers include:

  • Vivian Pinn, MD, former Associate Director on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of health;
  • Rosetta Ross, PhD, Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Spelman College
  • Kathleen Yep, PhD, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor, Asian American Studies, Pitzer College Core Faculty at the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at The Claremont Colleges and
  • Maria Lourdes F. Reyes, MD, Project Director for Project Concern International’s US & Border programs.

To ensure that public health practice is ethical, it should be guided by ethical theory and an ethical analysis process. “Public health ethics deals primarily with the moral foundations and justifications for public health, the various ethical challenges raised by limited resources for promoting health, and real or perceived tensions between collective benefits and individual liberty (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). CDC defines public health ethics as “a systematic process to clarify, prioritize, and justify possible courses of public health action based on ethical principles, values and beliefs of stakeholders, and scientific and other information.”

A public health ethics lens ensures a uniquely expanded focus on population health opportunities and challenges. The 2017 forum participants will discuss the interests and health of women and girls, the extent to which resources that support their health are distributed equitably, and how best to perform work that includes both individual rights and group interests in public health interventions. For example, how can we balance the values and beliefs of stakeholders (e.g., women, families, healthcare providers, policymakers, employers) with good public health practice?

The presentations from the forum will be featured in a special edition of the 2017 Fall edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities. 

Registration Information

Please click here for important Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) clearance information to attend “Optimal Health for Her Whole Life.”

Registration is free to attend the forum in person in Atlanta.

You can also register to virtually attend the forum via live streaming. You will receive the electronic link to the forum on Wednesday, May 17th, two days before the forum.

Lunch Information

To eat lunch at the forum, registrants attending the May 19th health forum in-house at CDC in Atlanta, please remember you must order and purchase your lunch. Please go online to www.whichwich.com which is located at Emory Point in Atlanta. Order your lunch online and prepay via the online Which Wich Menu. When paying online for your lunch from Which Wich, you must pay close attention to step #7 and you must tag your lunch, Public Health Ethics Forum CDC. Your boxed lunch and beverage will be delivered on Friday, May 19th. Please type online, you are ordering for the May 19th Public Health Forum at the CDC. Please note, the menu includes two pages. If you have difficulty ordering on line, please dial Which Wich at 404-549-8889 and purchase your meal. To download the Which Wich Online Ordering Guide click here.

When you order lunch online at Which Wich, please ensure you adhere to the following instructions.

  • Add meeting name, “Public Health Ethics Forum at the CDC” in the Special Instructions field
  • Must add May 19th, 12pm in the “Later” button (Do not use “Now”)
  • Participants can also go to the Drinks section on the Which Wich website and add a Bottled Water or Canned Drink to the Cart
  • The Cut-off date to order lunch for the May 19th Public Health Forum at the CDC is by close of business May 18th


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Joan Harrell at jharrell@mytuskegee.edu or 334.724.4554 at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University.



Bookings are closed for this event.