Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jul 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Proposed Produce Safety Standards: Big Benefits, Big Costs, and Big Concerns

posted on Mon, Jul 28 2014 12:13 pm by Mathew Swinburne

The Food and Drug Administration's proposed Produce Safety Standards address a wide spectrum of food safety issues including food safety training, personnel health and hygiene, agricultural water standards, and use of soil amendments. An understanding of the proposed regulations is critical for state and local authorities.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Public Health Goes to Court: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

posted on Wed, Jul 23 2014 11:28 am by Andy Baker-White

Last month, several federal and state courts tackled a number of cases with implications for the practice of public health. The Supreme Court weighed in on the ability to mandate contraceptive coverage for companies with religious objections. A district court dismissed a religious objection to a law excluding unvaccinated children from school. Several decisions throughout the country also limited the authority of local boards of health.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Revising the Game Plan: Primary Prevention, Early Detection, and the Future of Concussion Laws

posted on Mon, Jul 21 2014 2:57 pm by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

To date, every state and the District of Columbia has passed a sports concussion law. Now that many of these laws have been in effect for a few years, legislatures are revisiting them and making changes according to developments in the field.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Current Efforts in Drug Overdose Prevention: Progress and Challenges

posted on Thu, Jul 17 2014 12:15 pm by Corey Davis

The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) Summit on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse convened public health and government leaders to discuss the current epidemic of opioid drug abuse, and identify practices and models to help reduce overdose deaths and public health consequences. As physicians, policy makers, advocates and others shared their insights and experiences at the summit, it was clear that opioid overdose is a public health crisis in communities across the nation.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Workers Compensation Laws and Public Health Volunteers

posted on Thu, Jul 10 2014 9:23 am by Brian Hall and Nkechi Nwaogu

What amount of workers’ compensation does a nurse volunteering at a state-run health clinic receive if she accidentally pricks herself with a used needle? In a majority of states, the answer is none. Workers’ compensation laws do not automatically protect unpaid volunteers because they are typically not deemed to be employees.

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