Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jun 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Active Shooters in Hospital Environments: Time for Legal Prevention

posted on Wed, Jun 25 2014 2:15 pm by Layne Bettini, Kellie Nelson, and James G. Hodge, Jr.

Gun violence in hospital settings has become an alarming trend. To counter threats from active shooters, hospitals have implemented various policies and practices to assist staff in responding to dangerous situations. There are also several ways to use law as a tool to prevent gun violence in hospitals.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Smoking, Foster Care and the Duty to Protect

posted on Mon, Jun 16 2014 2:03 pm by Kerry Cork

Minnesota recently passed a bill aimed at protecting children in foster care from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The bill adds a “safe, healthy smoke-free home environment” to existing requirements for prospective foster parents before a placement is made. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gonorrhea Screenings, HIV and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

posted on Wed, Jun 11 2014 1:55 pm by Wayne Turner and Jamille Fields

Reported incidences of gonorrhea are on the rise, with many more cases going undetected. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents an important opportunity to help combat Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by requiring new health insurance plans to provide screening and preventive services recommended with an A or B rating by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). However, the USPSTF only recommends gonorrhea screening for women.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Manure Use in Organic Agriculture – Does FDA or USDA Know Best?

posted on Wed, Jun 4 2014 3:38 pm by Alicia Corbett and John Smith

The Food Safety Modernization Act empowers the FDA to prevent foodborne illnesses. The FDA is currently implementing the Rule for Produce Safety, which has been criticized by many for targeting common organic farming practices, such as the use of manure.

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