Public Health Law Blog Archive

Oct 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Reauthorizing the Federal Violence Against Women Act

posted on Wed, Oct 24 2018 3:34 pm by Chelsea Gulinson

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is highly regarded as the first piece of federal legislation to recognize the criminal nature of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The law was set to expire on September 30, 2018 and rather than fully re-authorizing it, Congress only extended the VAWA until December 7, 2018. The future of the legislation is uncertain, even as crime statistics and public health impacts illustrate continued need of its protections.

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Improving Health Equity through Collaboration with Medical-Legal Partnerships

posted on Wed, Oct 24 2018 1:05 pm by Colleen Healy Boufides

Medical-legal Partnerships (MLPs) integrate lawyers into health care settings to assist with patient care by addressing structural problems that impact health. As a result, MLPs help identify ways in which laws harm population health and perpetuate health disparities. But that is only the beginning: MLP practitioners are also key partners in changing harmful laws and practices.

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