Code of Ethics Paper
Lindsey Green, Dawn Galvan, Angela Carbo, Hughie Webb
July 27, 2015
Mr. Lawrence Fergus
Code of Ethics Paper
Health care ethics involve moral principles, beliefs and values that help health care providers make good decisions about medical care. The core element of health care ethics is the sense of right and wrong, the rights that we possess and the duties we owe to others. “Thinking carefully about the ethical aspects of health care decisions helps us make choices that are right, good, fair and just for all patients” ("Health Care Ethics: Overview Of The Basics", July 2015.).
The organization we are choosing is the CDC (Center for Disease Control and ...view middle of the document...
The CDC keeps epidemics from becoming pandemics. The CDC also assists in emergency preparedness and response efforts, including natural disasters such as earthquakes and other “Acts of God”. It is also involved in the fight against terrorism. The CDC investigates and helps contain outbreaks of anthrax and nerve agents such as ricin. (Trethan, 2014).The CDC is funded by grants from the government and donations from the public.
As the largest public health agency in the U.S, the Centers of Disease and Control has set out to integrate goals that include; protecting America from public health threats, identifying, curing, and preventing disease, increasing health security, assisting in the advancement of science, and promoting and educating health and wellness. However, in order to initiate a public health action it must be supported by the ethical principles of public health practices which have been created by several health care professionals including the CDC. These principles incorporate the rights of the individual within a community to actively be involved in public health policies, programs, and priorities. Principles of public health also state that public health institutions should provide all known resources available in a timely manner with consideration of all diversity and cultural views. Another principle is that institutions should be professional and competent as well as collaborate ways to develop public trust and institutional effectiveness. Without the structure of public health principles the CDC couldn’t function properly or continue to meet their goals because in order to accomplish such a vast objective an organization must respect and collaborate with the element to which they serve.
Ethical values within an organization are important and are reflected in how they function based on their beliefs and principles that support their actions in society. Therefore, the CDC has to consist of strict ethical values because of the power they need to protect a nation with so many societal and cultural differences as well as the sensitivity when balancing ethical dilemmas. CDC’s core principles and values set a guideline in how they want to be viewed by society and essentially play a vital role in influencing moral standards for society to follow related to their primary goal of advancing public health efforts.
The Measures that enable an organization to coexist in harmony with the government, the community and its environment, are known as organizational social responsibility. They are measures that are meant to protect and improve the welfare of society as a whole. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention works 24 hours a day to protect our nation from health, safety and security threats both foreign and within the U.S. The CDC fights disease and provides data to help communities and citizens protect themselves. To keep its pledge to America, the CDC conducts research and provides health...