Ethics Committee Recruitment
Clark County Public Health is seeking community members to serve on the Clark County Public Health Ethics Review Committee.
In order to have robust and meaningful deliberations, Public Health is particularly interested in participation from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
The Public Health Ethics Review Committee is composed of community members and professionals, and meets for three core meetings annually (with more arranged as needed) to understand and deliberate on ethical issues relating to public health policies, systems, and operations. The committee uses the Public Health Code of Ethics as a framework to review actual and potential public health ethical dilemmas. After reviewing an ethical issue, the committee provides recommendations to Public Health staff, management, and community partners.
Some examples of issues this committee is likely to review include:
- How should Public Health allocate limited resources (such as vaccines or ventilators) during a pandemic?
- How should Public Health avoid actual or perceived conflict of interest when working with vendors?
- When should a person be isolated, quarantined, or even jailed to protect the health of others?
Ideal participants will be interested in ethical and/or public health concerns and ready to listen and share their thoughts while remaining respectful and engaged in the process. Participants will be expected to use good listening and critical thinking skills in discussions that may include viewpoints and topics that challenge their values. There is no particular education or experience requirement to participate in the Committee -- this means we do not require any particular education level, experience in health, or previous familiarity with ethics. A training and practice session will be held for new members as needed.
You can find more information, including the charter and framework here: Public Health Ethics Review Committee.
To apply, please email Ethics.PH@clark.wa.gov with a letter of interest. The letter of interest can be in the email or attached to it, and should respond to all the following questions:
- Why are you interested in participating in the Public Health Ethics Review Committee? If there is a specific topic or issue that spurred your interest in participation, please tell us about it.
- How would your participation contribute to or benefit the diversity of experience in the Committee?
- How confident are you that you can engage in respectful, productive discussion of difficult issues, including values and views that may be contrary to your own?
- Does attending a 3-hour meeting during weekday business hours present a barrier to your participation? Please explain.