Carrie Waggoner, J.D., serves as Co-Director, Mid-States Region. Prior to this role, Carrie served as the Mid-States Office’s deputy director. Carrie’s legal interests include the use of data to advance health equity, public health authority issues, and law and policies supporting employees and families. Carrie has legal expertise in HIPAA, public health data sharing and privacy, public records, and public health legal authority. Prior to joining the Network in 2020, 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 also serves on the board of directors of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Carrie is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Michigan.

Articles & Resources

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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Ordinances as a Tool for Increased Enforcement of COVID-19 Orders

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Social Distancing Measures

December 16, 2020
by Carrie Waggoner

As the pandemic in the U.S. continues to worsen, many states are requiring additional disease mitigation measures. While many governors continue to utilize their executive authority under state emergency management laws to protect the public’s health, enforcement of public health orders at the state and local level has been a challenge across the country. One potential solution is for local jurisdictions to utilize civil infractions as an enforcement mechanism for public health orders through the enactment of ordinances.

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