Erica N. White, J.D., is a staff attorney with the Network’s Western Region Office. She also serves as a Research Scholar with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She earned her J.D. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in May 2021, and passed the Texas bar exam in July 2021.

As a law student, Erica worked with ASU’s Center for Public Health Law & Policy delivering research and corresponding written memos for public health stakeholders as well as contributing to multiple co-authored, scholarly articles, and speaking as a co-presenter, including before the Arizona Supreme Court, and other venues. Erica completed separate externships with United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University during law school.

Articles & Resources

Guidance: State COVID-19 Emergency Declarations

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May 24, 2022
by Erica White, James G. Hodge, Jr. and Jennifer Piatt

Since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, every state, most territories, hundreds of tribal governments, and thousands of municipalities have declared various levels of emergencies. This document provides a comprehensive snapshot of the current status of various state-level emergency declarations issued in response to COVID-19 based on data provided by the National Governors Association, the Network for Public Health Law, and other sources.

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National Minority Health Month: Raising Awareness and Encouraging Action to Address Health Disparities

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May 4, 2022
by Amy Lieberman, Blair Inniss and Erica White

National Minority Health Month was observed in April — which marked its 20th year — to emphasize and highlight initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups. This year, severe public health threats including the Covid-19 pandemic, opioid epidemic, high rates of substance abuse, and ongoing housing crises highlight the underlying disparities in U.S. health care and other policies, emphasizing the need to focus on these issues to achieve the best health outcomes for all.

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Federal Vaccine Mandates: Assessing their Legalities

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February 24, 2022
by Emely Sanchez, Erica White, Leila Barraza and Peter D. Jacobson

Following the development and authorization of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, the Biden administration enacted a series of vaccine mandates in 2021. The most significant of these mandates applied to (1) federal workers and contractors, (2) large employers, and (3) health care workers.

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Student Loan Debt is Creating a Physical and Mental Health Crisis for Millions of Americans

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January 26, 2022
by Erica White

Nearly 43 million Americans owe a combined $1.57 trillion in federal student loan debt, with Black borrowers holding 186 percent more debt per capita than White borrowers. Poor health outcomes, including high blood pressure and high rates of anxiety and depression, are associated with accumulating student loan debt. In response to the economic burdens of the pandemic, the Biden administration has paused student loan payment requirements several times, yet failure to address the debilitating effects of student loan debt has many calling on lawmakers to undertake education reform, including “forgiving” student loan debt.

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