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:
December 13, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Among the most pressing public health issues of 2018, access to healthcare, electronic nicotine delivery systems, injury prevention, and food insecurity saw significant legislation and policy impacts. In this webinar, subject matter experts will recap how four important public health initiatives—expansion of scope of practice; regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems; traumatic brain injury prevention; and food insecurity and SNAP—were impacted in 2018.
December 6, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST. The future of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion were important issues in midterm campaigns throughout the country. Women’s access to reproductive health services were also in question as candidates in some races voiced support for efforts to exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements. Join us for a discussion of the midterm election results and their potential impact on these important public health issues.
September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST. This webinar will preview two important pre-conference workshops designed to empower public health professionals in understanding and analyzing the connection between law and health outcomes. The presenters will discuss the tools and resources their workshops will provide to assist in building the capacity of public health professionals to understand and use law as a public health tool. View the playback.
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.
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