The Public Health Law Webinar Series is focused on providing the public health community with practical knowledge on emerging topics. The series is sponsored by American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics; Network for Public Health Law; and Public Health Law Research Program.
October 30, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST. Improving health equity is a goal shared by public health, health care, and public interest legal practitioners. The medical-legal partnership (MLP) approach, which incorporates lawyers into holistic health teams to address health-harming legal needs, provides an excellent model for cross-sectoral collaboration to improve health. Attend this webinar to hear from two MLP teams who, supported by the BUILD Health Challenge, joined forces with local health department partners to strengthen community health. View the playback.
September 26, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST. Education has emerged as a social determinant of health in its own right. More highly educated individuals are healthier and tend to live longer; they also are at less risk of smoking, drug abuse, accidents and chronic diseases. Despite federal laws that guarantee all children a free appropriate public education, major inequities exist. Join us for a discussion of critical issues in public education affecting child and adolescent health, including access to school nursing services; restorative justice and school discipline reform; and laws that ensure that children don’t go hungry at school. View the playback.
August 22, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Climate change is one of the most significant public health threats of our time. With more frequent and intense natural disasters, such as flooding, extreme heat events, and severe storms, addressing the health risks associated with these events is critical. Laws and policies can impact how communities plan for climate change and can assist in the development of resilience plans to protect public health. Join us for an overview of the public health implications of climate change and the role of laws and policies in reducing the associated health risks. View the playback.
July 30, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST. Data can be a powerful tool for developing harm reduction policies and programs but the complexities of data sharing can prove challenging. In this webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and All In: Data for Community Health, presenters from health departments in Massachusetts and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania will present case studies about their work to de-identify and link datasets to address the opioid epidemic. View the playback.
June 26, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. What would happen to the health of millions of Americans if the Affordable Care Act were to go away? How would some of the most vulnerable populations and those on Medicaid be affected? In this webinar, experts on the ACA will consider the upcoming 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the constitutionality of the ACA and the impacts were it to be repealed. View the playback.
June 20, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Community health workers (CHWs) are key members of both health care teams and the public health workforce and, with their close understanding of the communities they serve, are uniquely suited to help address root causes of poor health. As the CHW workforce grows, continuously evolving state laws and policies have the potential to improve public understanding of the CHW role and facilitate sustainable financing for CHWs. View the playback.
June 4, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. The U.S. is experiencing its highest number of measles cases in 25 years and researchers anticipate additional outbreaks, with Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami listed among the cities at high risk. Cities and states across the U.S. have been challenged by efforts to contain the spread of this highly contagious disease. Some states have moved to prohibit all vaccine exemptions while other are considering it. Other jurisdictions have felt the need to take more urgent actions, including New York City, which declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory vaccination. View the playback.