Carrie Waggoner, J.D., is a deputy director with the Network’s Mid-States Region. Carrie’s public health legal interests include the use of data to advance health equity, public health authority issues, laws and policies supporting employees and families, and environmental public health. Prior to joining the Network, Carrie served as the Director of the Public Health Legal Division at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where she led teams providing legal support on public health, privacy, data, contracts, litigation, and FOIA-related matters. Carrie is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Michigan.

Articles & Resources

Disaggregation of Public Health Data by Race & Ethnicity: A Legal Handbook

HandbookHealth Information and Data SharingHealth Data Sharing and PrivacyPublic Health Information Management, Privacy & Security

December 14, 2022
by Carrie Waggoner and Stephen Murphy

Detailed race and ethnicity data in public health is needed to adequately identify, assess, and address health inequities and structural racism, yet this type of data is often not utilized because of misunderstandings around the legality of collecting and sharing it. To assist public health practitioners and attorneys across state, Tribal, and local governments in the use of data to advance health equity, the Network has produced a legal handbook that addresses the role of law in collecting and disseminating public health data disaggregated by race and ethnicity.    

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Public Health Has a Critical Role in the Development of Data Privacy Legislation

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Data Sharing and PrivacyMechanisms for Advancing Public Health

November 30, 2022
by Carrie Waggoner

As public health is increasingly moving toward cross-sector data sharing to better tailor public health interventions and address health inequities, comprehensive privacy laws are receiving more legislative attention. The American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), introduced in June 2022 and amended in July, is an example of a pending federal bill that may have implications for public health data collection and sharing.

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COVID-19 FAQs for Michigan Local Health Departments

FAQMichiganMid-States RegionPublic Health Advocacy and Decision-MakingPublic Health Authority

September 29, 2022
by Carrie Waggoner, Colleen Healy Boufides, Denise Chrysler, Jennifer Piatt, Kathleen Hoke, Peter D. Jacobson and Sallie Milam

In addressing questions regarding executive decision-making, we use the following general approach. Michigan’s Public Health Code grants public health officials considerable discretion to protect the public against communicable disease and environmental health threats. To exercise their broad grant of authority, the executive must ask three key questions: Can I? Must I? Should I?

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How Community Organizations Can Help Address Financial Inequities and Predatory Lending Practices

Law & Policy InsightsEast Side Health and Well-Being CollaborativeMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

March 8, 2022
by Carrie Waggoner

Financial disparities exist in a multitude of areas including home ownership, credit scores, and access to banking services; and are linked to health disparities in maternal and child health, mental health, and substance use disorders. Community organizations can play a role in reducing these disparities by providing financial education and planning, increasing access to banking services, and providing help for those who find themselves in the grip of predatory lenders and payday loans.

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Pride Month: Law and Policy Developments Affecting the LGBTQ+ Community

Law & Policy InsightsMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

June 16, 2021
by Carrie Waggoner

Pride Month is a celebration by and among individuals and communities of sometimes-hard-won acceptance and affirmation of sexual orientation and gender identity, by and among individuals and communities. This month, Network attorneys highlight recent law and policy developments related to health equity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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Women’s History Month: Network Attorneys Discuss Law and Policy Solutions to Promote Women’s Health & Wellbeing

Law & Policy InsightsMaternal and Child HealthMechanisms for Advancing Health EquityMedicaidMental Health and Well-Being

March 24, 2021
by April Shaw, Carrie Waggoner, Colleen Healy Boufides, Dawn Hunter, Jill Krueger and Leila Barraza

In honor of Women's History Month, women in the Network’s Health Equity Working Group have highlighted legal or policy issues affecting women’s health that they see as critically important. The topics addressed cover: economic stability and well-being, pregnancy discrimination, period poverty, and maternal depression. The law and policy solutions discussed here have the potential to improve life for women and girls for generations to come.

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