The evolving role of partnerships in addressing community public health issues: policy and ethical implications

Organ Ethic. 2007 Spring-Summer;4(1):53-64.


The current state of health insurance coverage in the United States is deteriorating. Historically, efforts to address access at the federal level have met with insurmountable opposition. This article describes a model utilizing the Partnership Approach to Community Health Improvement to engage communities in developing creative ways of addressing local health issues, discusses the policy implications of such a model, and explores ethical issues inherent in the discussion of universal access. An argument is presented for a national dialogue seeking societal agreement to approach access and health from a perspective of solidarity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning / ethics
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Community Participation*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Ethics, Institutional
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Accessibility / ethics
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Models, Organizational
  • Social Change*
  • United States
  • Universal Health Insurance / ethics
  • Universal Health Insurance / organization & administration*