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

Racial Disparities in Women’s Health

Law & Policy InsightsReproductive Health and Equity Mechanisms for Advancing Health EquityMaternal and Child Health

August 1, 2022
by Erica White

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court made a decision that disproportionately affects the lives of Black and minority women in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: specifically, access to abortion is not a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution. As a result of this decision, 26 states have already, or will soon, ban abortion with little or no exceptions, leaving approximately 33 million U.S. women lacking abortion access in their home states. Twenty-two states whose laws impose strict abortion restrictions collectively are home to 45 percent of Black women under the age of 55.

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Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: The New Reproductive Health Landscape

WebinarsReproductive Health and Equity Health and Health Care

June 29, 2022
by Erica White and Jennifer Piatt

On Friday, June 24th, 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court held that there is no constitutional right to abortion, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Attend this webinar to gain an understanding of the outcome and major themes revealed by the Dobbs decision, as well as potential impacts on additional constitutional rights. Learn about alternate key legal challenges to preserve abortion access, including challenges based in state constitutional language and federal preemption; and find out about current and emerging state-based actions designed to preserve and promote reproductive health.

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

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19 and Health EquityMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

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

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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