Public Health Law Blog Archive

Aug 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bed Bugs: New Scourge of the Poor?

posted on Wed, Aug 24 2011 9:51 am by Denise Chrysler

Last month, the Network became aware of a man living in an apartment building that was infested with bed bugs. The building – owned by the city housing commission – was home for low-income residents. For two months, he repeatedly reported bed bugs to the building management and contacted government regulators and the press. Yet nothing was done. There are bed bugs throughout the building so his next idea was to organize residents to push for management to eliminate the problem. His rent was subsidized by HUD so he could 

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Monday, August 22, 2011

J.D. and M.P.H.: Public Health Law and the Dual Degree

posted on Mon, Aug 22 2011 9:46 am by Mary Uran

In this tumultuous time of economic downturn where 2010 law school graduates face the worst job market since the 1990s (87.6 percent employment rate), and incensed law school graduates are suing law schools over false job statistics, adding another degree concurrently to a J.D. might not pass the logical reasoning test. But don’t jump to conclusions right away. Sure, it’s extra money and another year out of the job market, but the trend of law school students pursuing a joint degree, such as a J.D./M.P.H., may make sense for many 

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

County Health Rankings: Advancing Policies to Build Healthier Communities

posted on Thu, Aug 11 2011 8:41 am by Julie A. Willems Van Dijk

The second year of the County Health Rankings is well underway. Already counties are taking proactive steps to address local health concerns through new programs, awareness campaigns and, increasingly, through laws and policy initiatives. Although these policies may take time to implement, they can be the foundation for securing the long-term health and vitality of our communities. Smoke-free air laws are among the most celebrated examples of how laws and policies promote health, guaranteeing that everyone has clean air to breathe. It’s also one of the most common areas to 

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Oral Health and the Law

posted on Mon, Aug 8 2011 10:40 am by Corey Davis

In February 2007 Deamonte Driver died because he couldn’t see a dentist. By the time the uninsured twelve year old was rushed to the hospital, an infection that had started in his tooth had spread to his brain. There was nothing doctors could do. While Deamonte’s death was so striking that it made the national news, lack of access to dental care and the poor oral health that results are widespread and often underappreciated problems. Although most untreated cavities don’t result in death, they do cause a number of serious 

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