Monday, July 30, 2012
Several years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed four core elements of public health legal preparedness: laws and legal authority; effective use of laws; coordination of legal interventions; and information resources and dissemination.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court held that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional. The Supreme Court’s decision has significant implications for pharmacists in their role as medication therapy experts who promote patient well-being.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
In late April, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, which included strengthened protections for victims of intimate partner violence, in particular for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) victims. The version of the reauthorization bill that passed the House of Representatives omitted a crucial provision.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Reauthorization of the Farm Bill is one of the top legislative priorities for leading public health professional organizations, such as the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). APHA recently released a primer on the connections between the Farm Bill and public health and Network resources have addressed how the Farm Bill relates to public health.
Monday, July 9, 2012
There are an estimated 19 million new infections from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States every year. One out of six people between the ages of 14 and 49 is infected with genital herpes simplex virus type 2, one of the viruses that can cause the STD genital herpes. In recent lawsuits, persons with genital herpes contracted from their sexual partners have alleged negligence and intentional infliction of harm and emotional distress.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In May, I travelled to Indiana to help conduct a workshop on public health law for a group of state and local public health attorneys and health officers. During one of the interactive sessions, we asked each individual to identify a public health law problem that he or she is facing in everyday practice. Several people mentioned that dealing with the cleanup of methamphetamine laboratories (or meth labs) was a major problem in their communities.