The Public Health Law Webinar Series is a monthly series 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.
Playback and presentations are available for these past webinars:
The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world because so much of our focus is on doctors and medicine, and what to do after we get sick. What if, instead, we focused on the factors that determine our ability to live healthy lives: the social, economic and environmental conditions around us? In his keynote address, Dr. Galea will discuss how we can take a leadership role in confronting and influencing the social, political and economic factors that affect the health of our communities.
August 29, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Many municipalities in the U.S. have enacted nuisance property ordinances, which can have harmful effects on victims of domestic violence. Attend this webinar to learn about the impact of housing law on domestic violence survivors, hear from speakers with experience advocating for the housing rights of domestic violence survivors, and obtain tools and strategies that can be used to provide legal protections for victims. View the playback.
July 26, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. Social and economic disadvantages create barriers to good health. Laws and policies can contribute to barriers, but can also be used to advance health equity. This webinar previews three sessions from the upcoming 2018 Public Health Law Conference. Panelists will discuss how telehealth can be employed to increase access to health care in underserved communities, how medical-legal partnerships can help address socioeconomic factors impacting health, and efforts at the State level to promote and strengthen benefits for children that are guaranteed by Medicaid. View the playback.
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. View the playback.
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.
February 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST. The federal Medicaid agency has approved an 1115 waiver that will enable Kentucky to require many Medicaid beneficiaries to work in order to receive coverage. The approval also imposes premiums on very low income people and introduces other eligibility requirements that previous Administrations have refused. Advocates quickly sued, arguing that the approval violates federal law. View the playback.
January 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Public health officials have great discretion in carrying out their responsibilities to protect health. However, this discretion can be legally challenged by individuals, organizations, and government. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Partnership for Public Health Law, will include a discussion of the discretionary authority public health officials have in carrying out their duties, situations where use of discretion may be legally challenged, and factors the law requires to show proof of an abuse of discretion. View the playback.
Designed for public health practitioners, lawyers, researchers and scientists, government and healthcare officials, and business and community leaders, this three-part webinar series will explore the interdisciplinary messaging teamwork necessary to fashion legal and policy interventions in these politically polarized times. Using concepts and frameworks adapted from both Moral Foundations Theory and the Five Essential Public Health Law Services, the presenters will describe fresh approaches and practical examples for convincing lawmakers and the public to adopt new policies during these challenging times. View the playbacks.
Additional archived webinars can be found here.