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:
February 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST. Join us for an examination of how cross-sector data sharing initiatives are being used to tackle tough public health problems. The webinar will provide an in-depth look at a cross-sector collaboration in Illinois between public health, law enforcement, emergency medical services, a fire department and a jail aimed at addressing the needs of high utilizers of behavioral health services.
January 31, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST. Vaccines can be critical in creating an equitable health environment for children and young adults in the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases. However, declining vaccination rates in the U.S. along with outbreaks of once well-controlled diseases like measles and mumps, are cause for concern. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the use of vaccine mandates to reduce and prevent communicable disease. View the playback.
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. View the playback.
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. View the playback.
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.
Additional archived webinars can be found here.