Emma Kaeser, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Network for Public Health Law’s Mid-States Region Office. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she led Stanford’s health equity pro bono project. While in law school, Emma also worked with the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, researching and designing legal interventions to advance youth health equity. She has co-authored numerous publications in this area, focusing on drivers of health inequity in education and the criminal legal system. Before joining the Network, Emma served as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Prior to that, she worked as a litigation associate at a law firm and had an active pro bono practice advocating for the rights of youth with disabilities through direct services and impact litigation. Emma holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she studied public policy and international affairs, with a focus on maternal and child health policy.

Articles & Resources

Legal Challenges to Dried Blood Spot Use in Michigan Highlight the Role of Informed Consent in Valuable Public Health Activities

Law & Policy InsightsMaternal and Child HealthMechanisms for Advancing Public Health

November 30, 2023
by Emma Kaeser

In the U.S., every state health department operates a newborn screening (NBS) program. NBS programs result in the early diagnosis of serious conditions in over 13,000 babies annually, making it a powerful public health intervention. As NBS requires the collection of personal information, it raises important considerations regarding individual privacy, autonomy, and ethical uses of data.

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HHS’s Newly Updated Security Risk Assessment Tool Helps Entities Better Protect Electronic Health Information

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Information and Data SharingHealth Data Sharing and Privacy

November 2, 2023
by Emma Kaeser

In September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the release of an updated Security Risk Assessment Tool. The tool is designed to make it easier for entities and business associates covered under HIPAA to understand and remediate risks to electronic health information.

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