What's Old Is New Again: Challenges Facing the Public Health Community

On February 13, 2019, the Eastern Region hosted a day-long event at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law in Baltimore, MD. The event, titled "What's Old Is New Again: Challenges Facing the Public Health Community" centered around discussions on Immigration and Public Health, Preemption and Public Health, and Eastern Region topic spotlights. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in participant-led round tables on alcohol policy, financial informed consent, HIV/Opioid/Hepatitis syndemics, discriminatory public health laws hindering diversity and inclusion, and Congressional public health priorities.

Please click below to view speaker presentations and well as a recording of the panels. For more information on the Eastern Region or to submit a technical assistance request, please see the Network’s website. You can access the Meeting Agenda here.


Plenary Presentation

Dr. Sharfstein discusses why public health needs public health law now more than ever. Reasons include stopping bad policies; forcing people to pay attention to evidence; creating new opportunities; and addressing changing regulatory changes. Watch the video playback here.

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Immigration and Public Health

The Immigration and Public Health panel addresses how public health concerns have influenced the development of public charge policy, including details on the proposed rule and how it would change who is subject to public charge inadmissibility; local policies in New York City to respond to the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children, focusing on health access and opportunities to assist recently arrive immigrants and their families; and the laws and policies pertaining to the government’s conduct of immigration surveillance activities at health care sites, and the phenomenon of noncitizens deciding not to engage with the health care system out of fear of immigration surveillance. Watch the video playback here.

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Preemption Panel Presentations

The Preemption and Public Health Panel explores the public health and social injustice implications of preemption; Review the findings from the recent Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study of mayors and local health officials on preemption; and a “Boots on the ground” perspective of using preemption as a tool in policymaking at the state and local level in Maryland. Watch the video playback here.

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Eastern Region Spotlight Panel Presentations

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