Public Health Law Blog Archive

Feb 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Sequester and Public Health

posted on Tue, Feb 26 2013 9:17 am by Corey Davis

The $1.2 trillion in tax and spending cuts known as the sequester is set to take effect on March 1, 2013. These cuts are divided between defense funding and what’s called “domestic” funding, which includes everything from Medicare to education. Under the sequester, about $2.4 billion would be cut from public health programs in 2013 alone, including $545 million from the CDC.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Value of States Sharing Their Experiences with Implementing Youth Sports Concussion Laws

posted on Fri, Feb 15 2013 3:10 pm by Kerri Lowrey


Information about the risk of concussions in sports is everywhere. In 2009, states rapidly began to pass legislation designed to educate and ensure that athletes do not return to play before a concussion has healed properly.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Legal Approaches to Addressing Obesity: A New Focus and an Upcoming Event

posted on Tue, Feb 12 2013 10:08 am by Daniel G. Orenstein

Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns of the modern era. America faces an intractable epidemic with over two-thirds of adults and nearly a third of children now overweight or obese. The problem has been long in coming.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New vs. Old Public Health in the Courtroom

posted on Thu, Feb 7 2013 9:30 am by Andy Baker-White

New approaches to public health challenges often address unsafe and unhealthy products and behaviors through some form of intervention be it regulation, prohibition, taxation and/or education. This approach focuses more on positive social change to create a healthier community. The old role of public health focused more on preventing injuries or epidemics and other negative aspects and less on improving the public’s overall well-being. The differences in new and old public health were expressed recently in Kentucky, where an appellate court determined that the Bullit County Board of Health had the authority to adopt regulations prohibiting smoking in public spaces.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Social Host Ordinances Aim to Curb Underage Drinking

posted on Wed, Feb 6 2013 10:29 am by Jill Krueger

Increasingly, state and local governments are adopting laws to create legal consequences for providing the place where alcohol is consumed by underage drinkers. These social host ordinances target owners, tenants and landlords of homes and apartments where underage drinking occurs.

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