Carrie Waggoner is a senior attorney with the Mid-State’s Region of the Network for Public Health Law. In her role, Carrie focuses on data, privacy, and general public health authority issues. Prior to joining the Network, Carrie worked in the legal administration at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Carrie held a variety of roles at MDHHS, most recently as the Director of the Public Health Legal Division where she led teams providing legal support on public health, privacy, and FOIA-related matters. Carrie is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Michigan since 2011.

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COVID-19 FAQs for Michigan Local Health Departments

FAQMichiganMid-States RegionPublic Health Advocacy and Decision-Making

November 13, 2020
by Carrie Waggoner, Colleen Healy Boufides, Denise Chrysler, 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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