Jennifer Bernstein, J.D., M.P.H., is a deputy director with the Network’s Mid-States Region Office. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Women’s Studies and a Certificate in LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Iowa in 2009. During graduate school, Jennifer was a research assistant at the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center. She conducted a multi-state survey of laws related to nursing homes civil monetary penalties for noncompliance and researched the effectiveness of the Medicare and Medicaid nursing home survey process. She also interned at the District of Columbia Primary Care Association, drafting a model state plan amendment for D.C. aimed at expanding language access services for Medicaid patients. Upon graduation, Jennifer was admitted to the Texas State Bar. She accepted the Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellowship working for Lutheran Social Services of the South in Austin, Texas. She worked during the 82nd Texas Legislative Session advocating for the expansion of trauma informed care throughout the state. She also volunteered as a pro bono attorney for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, representing low income victims of domestic violence.

Articles & Resources

Emergency Manager Law Primer: Protecting the Public’s Health During Financial Emergencies – Lessons Learned from the Flint Water Crisis

PrimerEmergency Legal Preparedness and ResponseEnvironment, Climate and HealthFlint Water Crisis Project

February 13, 2018
by Colleen Healy Boufides, Denise Chrysler, Jennifer Bernstein and Peter D. Jacobson

This primer is intended to help policymakers and practitioners incorporate the lessons learned from the Flint Water Crisis to avert and/or mitigate future crises.

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Cross-jurisdictional Data Sharing and Immunization Information Systems

Law & Policy InsightsEnvironment, Climate and Health

January 19, 2017
by Jennifer Bernstein

Cross-jurisdictional data sharing requires the application of varying, and sometimes conflicting local, state and federal laws. These laws often present barriers and prevent the efficient and effective use of data to tackle important public health challenges. A national IIS cross-jurisdictional data-sharing memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been developed to help address these challenges and will be piloted in six states.

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