Public Health Law Blog Archive

Apr 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Public Health Advocacy: The View From Inside a State Legislature

posted on Mon, Apr 29 2013 2:41 pm by Clifford M. Rees

Approximately one year ago I blogged here on “Public Health Advocacy: The View from Inside State Government”. Since then, I’ve completed my eighth year as a legislative analyst for the Senate Public Affairs Committee of the New Mexico Legislature following my retirement from the Executive Branch of New Mexico State Government in September, 2005.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Public Health Leaders Petition the FDA to Act on Menthol Cigarettes

posted on Wed, Apr 24 2013 12:12 pm by Joelle Lester

Leading national public health advocates filed a Citizen Petition on April 12, 2013, urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its regulatory power, and to protect America’s health by prohibiting menthol as a characterizing flavoring in cigarettes.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Public Health and the National Learning Health System

posted on Wed, Apr 10 2013 2:36 pm by Jennifer Bernstein

In March, the Mid-States Region of the Network convened over 50 public health experts in health information and data sharing to examine the role of public health in a national scale Learning Health System (LHS).

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Frac Sand Mining: Legal Strategies to Address Uncertain Health Impacts

posted on Wed, Apr 10 2013 10:15 am by Jill Krueger

By now, many people are aware of the rise in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a natural gas extraction method. But most people probably have not thought about the health implications of all that silica sand used in fracking.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

No Time to Grieve: Parental Bereavement and the Family Medical Leave Act

posted on Mon, Apr 8 2013 10:37 am by Veda Collmer, Debbie Snow

In 2013, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — a landmark piece of legislation that protects job security for employee leave — celebrates its 20th anniversary. But the FMLA has several limitations and doesn't provide a safe harbor for parents recovering from a life-altering death of a child.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Events in April Highlight Public Health and Health Equity

posted on Mon, Apr 1 2013 10:08 am by Corey Davis, Deborah Reid

While every day is public health day here at the Network, one week a year is singled out for special treatment. This year’s National Public Health Week theme –“Public Health is ROI” – is particularly timely. While it’s always a good time to remind policymakers and others of the importance of public health to increasing both health and wealth, this is perhaps truer more now than ever.

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