Public Health Law Blog Archive

Aug 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Legal Issues in Policies Advanced to Hold Anti-vaccine Physicians Accountable

posted on Wed, Aug 30 2017 1:08 pm by Brian Fillmore, Dr. Doug Campos-Outcalt, Leila Barraza and James G. Hodge, Jr.

Despite overwhelming research in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended vaccination schedule, some physicians continue to advise patients against following the schedule, and some voice their criticism of vaccinations publicly. Such criticism can contribute to lower vaccination rates, which in turn increases the risk for the spread of vaccine preventable diseases. But policy options to address this issue are problematic.

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How State Tax Policy Can Help Feed the Hungry and Combat Global Warming

posted on Wed, Aug 30 2017 8:33 am by Mathew Swinburne

In the U.S., 42.2 million people lack access to adequate food due to insufficient income or other resources. Food insecurity is associated with a wide range of health issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral problems in children, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Conversely, it’s estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted. This waste, in turn, generates substantial greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Tax incentives for food donations could be one policy approach to address these issues.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Call for a National Emergency in Response to the Opioid Epidemic

posted on Thu, Aug 17 2017 12:00 am by Sarah Noe, James G. Hodge, Jr. and Sarah A. Wetter

The opioid epidemic continues to escalate in its national repercussions. Against this backdrop, President Trump’s White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued its interim report on July 31, 2017.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Crafting Richer Messages: Moral Foundations Theory and Communication Strategies for Public Health

posted on Mon, Aug 14 2017 11:58 am by Colleen Healy and Gene Matthews

Effective messaging of public health issues and solutions is essential to public health practice and especially to developing public health laws and policies in a polarized political environment. A number of strategies presented in the workshop were grounded in Moral Foundations Theory, which offers insights into moral psychology and decision-making that are helpful for understanding how value judgments are made.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Public Health Costs of Chlorpyrifos to Ensure Insect-Free Crops

posted on Wed, Aug 2 2017 9:35 am by Sarah Lemelman

Since 1965, chlorpyrifos has been a commonly used pesticide, and nearly six million pounds of it are used domestically each year on more than fifty different types of crops. Scientists have linked the pesticide to harmful effects in children and adults, including developmental damage to children’s brains, reduced intelligence levels, loss of working memory, and attention deficit disorders. A proposed a ban by the Environmental Protection Agency on the use of chlorpyrifos slated to go into effect in March, 2017 has been denied, leaving states to decide whether to take action to subject the pesticide to more stringent rules.

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