Addressing Socioeconomic Barriers to
Health Equity through Law: A Preview of
the 2018 Public Health Law Conference
July 26, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
In states that have passed mandatory flu immunization for children between six months and five years of age, deaths and hospitalization due to flu have declined. In June, the New York Court of Appeals upheld a New York City Health Code requiring annual flu vaccination for children (ages of six – 59 months) who attend city-regulated child care or school-based programs. The ruling is a significant victory for public health in light of the ongoing legal challenges to mandatory vaccination requirements and childhood vaccination rates.
The current U.S. hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak illuminates systemic failures to address the health needs of people experiencing homelessness (PEH), including sanitation and hygiene, and shows the practical population health effects of poverty. This issue brief examines the connection between HAV and barriers to essential public toilet, handwashing, shower and laundry services for PEH; provides a menu of legal and policy opportunities to advance access; and offers examples of promising community efforts.
Q&A with Jane Perkins, Senior Attorney, The Network for Public Health Law — Southeastern Region Office.
As we prepare for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference featuring sessions focused on health justice, Network attorneys reflect on their work and what health justice means to them.