Public Health Law Blog Archive

Aug 2018

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Measles Cases in Europe Highlight the Need for Vaccination

posted on Wed, Aug 29 2018 3:35 pm by Leila Barraza

With 21,315 reported cases and 35 deaths from measles in 2017, Europe is experiencing a surge in this highly contagious, but preventable disease. The World Health Organization points to low immunization coverage as a major factor for the outbreak, with over 41,000 additional cases so far in 2018. Given that most of the measles cases in the U.S. result from unvaccinated individuals who contract the disease in other countries, this outbreak is concerning in light of declining U.S. vaccination rates.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Medical-Legal Partnerships Are Public Health Law Issue-Spotters

posted on Wed, Aug 15 2018 4:02 pm by Colleen Healy Boufides

Differences in implementation and enforcement of certain laws, like housing codes and immigration laws, can lead to poor and sometimes disparate health outcomes among different communities and populations. Medical-Legal Partnerships are uniquely positioned to identify legal failures and gaps and are important partners for public health. Often, patterns in individual health-harming legal challenges reflect a need for population-level intervention.  

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