Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jun 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Public Health Law News Round-Up – June 2018

posted on Wed, Jun 20 2018 10:45 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Some of the public health law and policy stories that made headlines recently include a Justice Department declaration that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional; a proposed change to a Medicaid rule to address the opioid crisis; rising suicide rates in the U.S.; the multi-state hepatitis A virus outbreak; studies showing the effectiveness of certain gun laws; and Virginia’s decision to expand its Medicaid programs.

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Using Taxing Districts to Fund Health Care and Public Health Programs

posted on Wed, Jun 20 2018 10:12 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Local health departments often seek additional funding to support health care and public health programs within their jurisdictions. A requester in Arizona recently contacted the Network about forming special taxing districts, which can impose secondary property taxes for the development and maintenance of health care and public health programs. 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lessons from Los Angeles: Sanitation as Health Justice for People Experiencing Homelessness

posted on Thu, Jun 7 2018 9:42 am by Walter Johnson and Madeline Morcelle

The U.S. is experiencing its worst outbreak of hepatitis A in over 20 years. The outbreak has primarily affected people experiencing homelessness (PEH) due to their lack of access to sanitation and hygiene facilities. In Los Angeles alone, one study found only nine public toilets for every 1,777 PEH. As a result, the city has initiated community and local government interventions designed to address this shortfall.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cooperative Extension as a Partner in Creating Healthy Communities

posted on Wed, Jun 6 2018 12:15 pm by Jill Krueger

Extension programs connect land grant universities and the larger public, bringing academic research to communities that can apply it. Programming at the recently held National Health Outreach Conference, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension System, focused on engaging in a culture of health and highlighted ways in which Extension programs are collaborating with others to advance community health.

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