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.
June 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. The U.S. is grappling with its worst hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak since the federal government approved a vaccine in 1995. As of May 2018, state and local jurisdictions in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia have declared outbreaks spread through person to person contact, with at least 2660 cases and 57 deaths reported to date.
May 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. In 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River. As a result, lead from the aging service lines to homes leached into the drinking water and poisoned thousands of Flint residents. A team of Network attorneys recently published an analysis examining legal aspects of the Flint water crisis. In this webinar, two of the report’s authors will explore the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis and review recommended changes to the relevant laws and their implementation. Then, a health disparities researcher and an activist and community organizer, both based in Flint, will jointly present a community-level response to the crisis. View the playback.
April 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST Attend this webinar, co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH), to learn about public health legal and policy innovations in small-town and medium-sized communities, as well as in the nation's largest cities, to address issues such as child poverty, tobacco control, environmental health and mental health. View the playback.
March 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST. Dozens of state, local, and tribal governments have sued opioid pain reliever manufacturers for their alleged role in fueling the opioid overdose epidemic, and 41 state attorneys general are investigating potential unlawful sales and marketing practices by these manufacturers. Although these investigations and lawsuits appear similar to those against the tobacco industry during the 1990s, states should mindful of the important ways in which they differ. View the playback.