Erica N. White, J.D. is a Staff Attorney with the Western Region Office and a Research Scholar with the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She earned her J.D. at ASU in May 2021 and a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Texas in May 2016. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

As a law student, Erica worked with ASU’s Center for Public Health Law & Policy and completed externships with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

Erica currently focuses her research on public health policy, emergency legal preparedness, constitutional law, administrative law, reproductive rights, and vaccine law. Erica is also an avid court monitor, regularly evaluating public health implications arising from federal and state court decisions.

Articles & Resources

Federal Vaccine Mandates: Assessing their Legalities

WebinarsCOVID-19Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response

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

Law & Policy InsightsEducationMechanisms for Advancing Health EquityMental Health and Well-Being

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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