Public Health Law Blog Archive

Feb 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Libraries as Partners in Promoting Public Health

posted on Wed, Feb 17 2016 4:37 pm by Jill Krueger

Cross-sector collaboration is critical to advancing public health in the 21st century. Public libraries are often overlooked as potential partners in promoting public health and addressing the social determinants of health. But libraries serve as a hub for information and communication, and are more frequently educating their communities about important health issues.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act

posted on Wed, Feb 10 2016 12:13 pm by Kathleen Hoke

With the rise in popularity of electronic smoking devices came increased calls to poison control centers around the country and at least one reported death of a young child due to ingestion of liquid nicotine. On January 11, Congress passed the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, requiring that containers of liquid nicotine—typically used to refill electronic smoking devices—meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards established to prevent children under age five from opening the container.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Public Health Challenges and Legal Interventions

posted on Mon, Feb 1 2016 2:37 pm by Jennifer Bernstein

In 2014, Flint, MI changed its source of water to the Flint River in a cost-cutting measure aimed at saving $5 million over two years. Subsequently, elevated lead levels were detected in Flint's children, resulting in state and local emergency declarations. The effects of elevated lead will negatively impact the health of the community, especially its children, for years. It is important to be certain that public health concerns are heard whenever there is a potential for health to be affected by law and policy changes or implementation.

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