Public Health Law Blog Archive

Mar 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Public Health Advocacy: The View from Inside State Government

posted on Thu, Mar 29 2012 10:20 am by Cliff Rees


I recently completed my seventh year as a legislative analyst for the Senate Public Affairs Committee of the New Mexico Legislature. This experience followed my twenty-three year career as an attorney for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) where, among other duties, I was actively involved in drafting public health legislation and testifying for those bills on behalf of NMDOH.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Andrew Speaker vs. CDC: Speaker’s Lawsuit Dismissed …. Again

posted on Thu, Mar 22 2012 9:29 am by Denise Chrysler

This is round three of Andrew Speaker’s lawsuit against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Speaker, who got worldwide attention in 2007 after flying overseas while knowing he had tuberculosis, sued the CDC in Federal District Court for violating the federal Privacy Act by disclosing his identity and confidential medical information relating to the treatment of his tuberculosis.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Addressing Meningitis Vaccine Law Shortcomings

posted on Wed, Mar 21 2012 8:48 am by Chris Walker

Meningitis Vaccine

Many state departments of health and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend meningococcal vaccinations for all adolescents, yet there are gaps in U.S. vaccination laws. Many states still do not have laws requiring meningitis vaccinations that could prevent an outbreak. Such an outbreak, like the one in Colorado in 2010, can have a huge impact on a community. It spreads among those who live or work in close proximity to others, such as college students in a dorm or school children.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act as a Public Health Law

posted on Mon, Mar 19 2012 11:17 am by Jennifer Bernstein

Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

When you think about the relationship between landlords and tenants, public health might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the interplay between our homes and our health is great. Renters have less control over their living environments than those who own their homes, so it is important to have strong housing laws which promote the health of the public.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Crisis for Public Health Funding

posted on Tue, Mar 6 2012 12:58 pm by Corey Davis

Public Health Funding

Public health departments and programs are often the first and last line of defense against chronic disease and acute health problems. Unfortunately, their funding, and with it their ability to help protect and provide for health and safety, is being eroded. The facts are grim: Public health budgets have been cut drastically in recent years.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

When the Lights Go Out, Vulnerable Individuals Must Take Priority

posted on Thu, Mar 1 2012 12:33 pm by Gregory Sunshine

Power Outages

While on a Hurricane Katrina relief trip, I heard the heartbreaking story of a woman who lost her husband in another hurricane, years earlier. Unlike tragic stories surrounding Katrina, her story did not involve torrents of water and flying debris. The cause of her husband’s death was one we have all experienced: a power outage. The blackout’s impact on this man was greater than usual as he required a ventilator to breathe.

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