Denise Chrysler, J.D., serves as director of the Network’s Mid-States Region Office. She also serves on her local board of health (Ingham County, Michigan), Michigan Governor’s Public Health Advisory Council, and the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics, and co-chairs the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Public Health Law Subcommittee.

Before joining the Network, for 27 years, Denise provided legal services to Michigan’s state health department regarding communicable disease, immunization, environmental public health, public health research, privacy, health information exchange, and emergency legal preparedness and response. She served as the state health department’s public health legal director, privacy officer, freedom of information coordinator, regulatory affairs officer, and member of the IRB. She also represented the health department as an assistant attorney general.

Denise is the recipient of the Roy J. Manty Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to public health in Michigan and the Frank J. Kelley Award for Excellence for successful efforts to protect mammograms and medical records of some 200,000 patients in Southeast Michigan that were abandoned by a bankrupt health care provider.

Denise graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1980. She is admitted to practice before both state and federal courts in Michigan.

Articles & Resources

Michigan Laws Related to Right of a Minor to Obtain Health Care without Consent or Knowledge of Parents

Issue BriefHealth Information and Data SharingMichigan

May 29, 2020
by Denise Chrysler

This document summarizes the rights of minors to consent to various types of health care without the consent or knowledge of their parents. It also covers whether the law permits information concerning the minor’s health care to be shared with the parent. Though the details of this document apply only in Michigan, the legal provisions likely have counterparts in other states. Lawyers in other states may have developed, or could develop, comparable summaries for their states. You may wish to talk with your attorney, or visit the Public Health Lawyer Directory to find a public health attorney in your state.

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Summary of State Laws that Facilitate Data Sharing Among State Agencies

SummaryHealth Information and Data Sharing

October 22, 2019
by Denise Chrysler and Sallie Milam

Data are essential for public health surveillance, epidemiological investigation, research, program development, implementation and evaluation. Sharing data across government agencies assists in addressing social determinants of health, environmental needs and risk factors; in better aligning services that support individuals; and in enhanced public health surveillance. Further, better information for health and human services agencies generally produces better care.

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Public Health Decision-Making Tool

ToolEmergency Legal Preparedness and Response

May 13, 2019
by Denise Chrysler

Health officials and boards of health have a duty to protect the public’s health. They have a great amount of discretion in how they fulfill this duty and must make difficult decisions around emerging threats that require balancing many factors, including the risk of acting prematurely based on limited information and the risk of delaying action until they have additional information to inform decision-making. A proper exercise of discretion involves consideration of facts known at the time, weighing options, and using professional judgment. This tool provides a checklist of key questions for public health decision-makers and practitioners to consider in making a decision whether to act or to wait based on information known at the time.

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