Public Health Law Blog Archive

Aug 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

How the “Health at Every Size” Movement Can Help Inform the Public Health Conversation on Obesity

posted on Tue, Aug 13 2019 9:25 am by Erica N. White and Leila Barraza

The popular social justice movement Health at Every Size focuses on health improvement as the goal, irrespective to weight loss, and advocates for social acceptance of all body sizes, including morbid obesity. With obesity prevalence at an all-time high in the U.S., some public health officials are concerned that persons who view obesity as healthy are less likely to lose weight, increasing their risks for many chronic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

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Equity in Action: Operationalizing Processes in State Governance

posted on Tue, Aug 13 2019 9:17 am by Susan Weisman, Karen Ben-Moshe, Sarah Hernandez and Vayong Moua

The Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics recently published a special supplement with articles exploring critical topics discussed at the 2018 National Public Health Law Conference. In this Q&A, the co-authors of the article, “Equity in Action: Operationalizing Processes in State Governance” discuss their article, which examines efforts to embed an equity lens in legislated and non-legislated policies and practices in three states and describes progress and lessons learned and offers guidance to others.

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By Treating Alcohol as an Ordinary Commodity, the Supreme Court Has Likely Opened the Door to More Legal Challenges

posted on Tue, Aug 13 2019 9:12 am by Elyse R. Grossman

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths every year, among many other health risks, and research shows that the more readily available alcohol is in a community, the greater the negative impacts. The U.S. Supreme Court recently overturned a Tennessee law regulating the distribution of alcohol, a move that many public health advocates fear is likely to be a harbinger of more restrictions on state and local government ability to regulate alcohol for health or safety purposes.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

A Quiet Epidemic: Solving Incidences of Vehicular Heatstroke

posted on Thu, Aug 1 2019 10:30 am by Hannah-Kaye Fleming and James G. Hodge, Jr.

Since 1988 there have been 4,500 documented cases of children endangered because a parent or guardian left them unattended in a parked car. More than 36 children die annually across America each year from vehicular heatstroke. Federal law has been introduced to prevent these tragic deaths, but stronger state laws can also help protect children.

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Improving Access to Preventive Care for Children Enrolled in Medicaid

posted on Thu, Aug 1 2019 9:57 am by Daniel Young

Forty-six percent of Medicaid spending goes to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), which receive capitated payments—meaning they get a set dollar amount regardless of how much they spend on providing services. Recent reports suggest that MCOs in numerous states are providing below average or poor preventive care, possibly to millions of Medicaid recipients.  

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