Monday, December 20, 2010
On December 10, the Network for Public Health Law’s Eastern Region hosted a meeting designed to determine public health officials' most pressing issues and the legal support they need to accomplish their goals. We were lucky to have representatives from: Delaware; District of Columbia; Maryland (State and local); West Virginia; National Association of County and City Health Officials; and Public Health Law Research Program. A full recap of the meeting would be too much for this blog. Instead, we’ll touch on the few issues that unanimously called for legal clarification and support.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the week of December 5-11, 2010 as “National Influenza Vaccination Week.” CDC’s preparations for the upcoming flu season (likely to peak in January or February) follows the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic in which public health practitioners and officials recognized the need to prepare fully for potential public health emergencies.
Friday, December 10, 2010
The temptation when we discuss any policy issue, whether soda or health reform or the Farm Bill, is to decide our position and then look for arguments and talking points to back it up. But giving in to this temptation doesn’t necessarily make for success in the policy arena. Many skilled negotiators prepare for policy discussions by focusing upon interests, rather than positions. That is, if one party favors making soda ineligible for SNAP benefits, and another party favors retaining eligibility, there isn’t a great deal for them to talk about, beyond stating their positions and the arguments that support them.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Bed bugs are everywhere! Or at least STORIES about bed bugs are far and wide. In their 2010 joint statement on bed bug control in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identify bed bugs as a rapidly growing public health problem.