Public Health Law Blog Archive

Mar 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Food Insecurity and Aging out of the WIC Program

posted on Wed, Mar 28 2018 10:13 am by Mathew Swinburne

WIC is a highly effective program that helps address the food insecurity of young children. However, WIC benefits end at age five, the assumption being that children will start school and participate in the National School Lunch Program. However, thousands of children do not start school until age six, leaving a critical gap in benefits and creating negative effects on the food security of families.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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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Thursday, March 1, 2018

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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