Events & Announcements

Examining the Role of Law in Addressing Health Equity  

The potential to use law to address injustice and inequity and to challenge and change law that perpetuates inequity is fundamental to the health of our communities and the operation of our health care delivery systems. Addressing public health through an equity lens expands the focus of public health efforts to upstream inequalities that profoundly affect health — inequality in income, education, safe neighborhoods, access to healthy foods and more. In September 2016, hundreds of officials, policymakers, lawyers, practitioners and advocates in public health and other sectors from across the country convened in Washington, D.C. for the National Public Health Law Conference. Officials, experts, practitioners, lawyers and advocates shared strategies on how law and policy can be used to improve health equity and access to care; and examined the opportunities for, and benefits of, cross-sector collaboration. The recently published symposium edition of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics is dedicated to examining some of the critical topics discussed at the conference. All of the articles are now available for download.

Symposium - School Nurses: Understanding Legal Strategies for Advancing a Culture of Health in Schools

Join the Network for Public Health Law, the National Association of School Nurses, and experts in the fields of public health, law, and education to explore important issues related to the role of school nursing in public health, including:

  • The role of school nurses in promoting child and adolescent health;
  • The legal framework for school nursing (e.g., ratio laws, professional requirements, Medicaid payment for school health services, FERPA);
  • Epidemiologic evidence of improved student health outcomes and decreased absenteeism;
  • Successful models of utilizing school nurses to improve access to care; and
  • The role of school nurses in addressing health equity.

The Symposium has already occurred. View the recordings of the presentations.

Emergency Legal Preparedness Summit

Join public health preparedness leaders, officials, and experts examining critical challenges in emergency legal preparedness and policy including federal social distancing powers, emergency use authorizations, SNS distributions, emergency vaccine development and access, and federal-state implications for the next emerging threat. The Emergency Legal Preparedness Summit will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

This event has already occurred. View the recordings of the presentations.

Leading Organizations Announce Ambitious Initiative to Strengthen Public Health Legal and Policy Infrastructure

The Network for Public Health Law, ChangeLab Solutions, the Public Health Law Center, and the Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research partner on an ambitious initiative to strengthen the public health legal and policy infrastructure needed to build a Culture of Health. The initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and launched on October 1, 2016, tests an innovative new framework of Five Essential Public Health Law Services, applying it to three focus areas: early care and education (ECE) settings, preemption, and enforcement.