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What position should the health department take? Use the identification of risks and harms of concern, public health goals, stakeholders and their moral claims, scope of legal authority, relevant historical content and professional codes of ethics to help craft a response

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Imagine that your state legislature is considering a law that would require parental consent for newborn screening. Parental consent is currently not required, although newborn testing is not conducted over parental objection. (Currently only a few states actually require consent.) The health department has been asked to take a position on the pending legislation.

Using the readings for the week, the South University online library, and the Internet, write a 3–5-page paper.

Cover the following:

What position should the health department take? Use the following six questions to help craft your response (Bernheim, Nieburg, & Bonnie, 2005).

  • identification of risks and harms of concern
  • public health goals
  • stakeholders and their moral claims
  • scope of legal authority
  • relevant historical content
  • professional codes of ethics provide guidance
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