Public Health Law Blog

Supervised Consumption Spaces as a Harm-Reduction Strategy During the U.S. Opioid Crisis

posted on Wed, Mar 14 2018 12:30 pm by Sarah A. Wetter

Supervised consumption spaces (SCS) provide safe spaces where persons can consume opioids under the supervision of licensed medical professionals. SCS have proven effective at reducing overdose deaths in those countries where they have been studied. In the U.S., SCS face legal challenges that statewide legal reforms (or in some cases, emergency declarations) seek to address.

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Food Insecurity is a Health Justice Issue

posted on Wed, Mar 14 2018 11:37 am by Network for Public Health Law

Q&A with Mathew Swinburne. As we prepare for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference featuring sessions focused on health justice, Network attorneys reflect on their work and what health justice means to them.

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Thinking about Kids, Smartphones and Public Health Law

posted on Thu, Mar 1 2018 10:10 am by Jill Krueger

Overuse of smartphones is associated with a variety of negative health effects. As technology, our culture, and the evidence continue to evolve, public health has a role to play in educating young people, their parents, and the public about the risks and benefits of smartphone use, and in the development of laws to address the risks of excessive smartphone use and addiction.

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Reducing Flu Deaths in Children through Mandatory Vaccination Laws

posted on Thu, Mar 1 2018 10:06 am by Jennifer Bernstein

Of the ninety-seven children who have died from influenza since the start of the flu season in October, the CDC said that 3 out of 4 of them had not gotten a flu vaccine. Expanding mandatory flu vaccine laws for preschool aged children could significantly impact overall flu vaccination rates and reduce the number of flu related illnesses and deaths.

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Homelessness is a Health Justice Issue

posted on Thu, Mar 1 2018 9:46 am by Network for Public Health Law

Q&A with Madeline Morcelle. As we prepare for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference featuring sessions focused on health justice, Network attorneys reflect on their work and what health justice means to them.

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People, Not Problems: Confronting the Health Justice Implications of Laws that Criminalize Homelessness

posted on Tue, Feb 13 2018 2:59 pm by Madeline Morcelle

The creation and enforcement of municipal laws criminalizing homelessness are escalating in U.S. cities. Much like the criminalization of HIV, the criminalization of homelessness creates additional barriers to housing, health care, employment and other basic human needs, perpetuating the cycle of homelessness and corresponding health inequities.

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Leveraging E-Commerce to Fight Food Insecurity

posted on Wed, Feb 7 2018 1:52 pm by Mathew Swinburne

When Amazon purchased Wholefoods for $13.7 billion in 2017, most people did not think of how this might affect low-income Americans living in food deserts. However, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, the power of online food retail will soon help increase food access for some of the 41.2 million Americans struggling with food insecurity.

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Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices Across State Government: The Wisconsin Way

posted on Wed, Jan 31 2018 10:10 am by Brittney Crock Bauerly

A growing body of research establishes that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may negatively affect health and well-being throughout a person’s life span. The impact of ACEs, however, can be ameliorated by trauma-informed practices, such as through early childhood interventions that mitigate social and environmental risks for families and promote resilience. Wisconsin has been a leader in integrating trauma-informed policy across its state government.

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Bed Bugs – They're Still Here

posted on Mon, Jan 29 2018 1:56 pm by Hanna T. Ali

A recent $3.5-million jury verdict awarded to residents of a bed-bug infested apartment complex in Los Angeles illuminates issues raised by many bed bug cases, including whether the burden to eliminate bedbugs should be placed on landlords or tenants; whether current state laws and local ordinances are effective in addressing bed bug issues and affording relief to victims; and whether these laws encourage productive behavior by landlords and tenants.

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Medicaid and Work Requirements – Kentucky’s “Experiment"

posted on Wed, Jan 17 2018 12:54 pm by Sarah Somers

For the first time, the federal government has given a state permission to impose work requirements as a condition for Medicaid coverage. As troubling as these policy developments are, there is a more disturbing assumption underlying them. In its efforts to justify work requirements as a legitimate feature of a Medicaid program, the administration relies on a distorted concept of the social determinants of health.

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