Public Health Law Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Human Health Impacts of Climate Change

Law & Policy InsightsEnvironment, Climate and HealthMechanisms for Advancing Health EquityMental Health and Well-BeingEmergency Legal Preparedness and Response

July 9, 2024
by Betsy Lawton and Jill Krueger

Public health law plays a critical role in protecting communities from the current and future health threats posed by climate change. Based on their work with communities and public health professionals, the Network’s Climate and Health team has identified 10 public health law strategies to equitably prepare communities for the health impacts of climate change.

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Laws Integrating the Use of Technology in Driver Education and Training Can Promote Safer Driving

Law & Policy InsightsInjury Prevention and SafetyPublic Health Funding and InfrastructureMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

June 25, 2024

Traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers both in the United States and worldwide. As cars have continuously gotten bigger, heavier, and more advanced, states’ legal frameworks for training and licensing new drivers have remained largely unchanged since the early 2000s. Integrating technology into the training and licensing process for new drivers is an innovative approach with the potential to greatly improve driver safety.

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The Compounding Effect of Intersectionality on People who use Drugs

Law & Policy InsightsHarm Reduction Legal ProjectMechanisms for Advancing Health EquitySocial and Community Context

June 17, 2024

Intersectionality is defined as “the framework for understanding how various aspects of individual identity interact to create unique experiences of privilege or oppression. People who use drugs are often part of multiple minority groups, compounding the effect of their identities on their experiences and increasing the likelihood that they will experience oppression in systems. 

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Investments in Energy Efficient Heat Pumps Likely to Pay Off for Public Health

Law & Policy InsightsEnvironment, Climate and HealthMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

May 15, 2024
by Jill Krueger

In April, the Environmental Protection Agency announced $20 billion in grant awards to fund the purchase of heat pumps, which provide multiple economic, environmental, and health benefits. This federal initiative holds promising opportunities for advancing public health efforts to address the negative and disparate impacts of climate change.

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Showing Up and Sharing Space: Reflections on Five Years of Community Collaboration

Law & Policy InsightsEast Side Health and Well-Being CollaborativeMechanisms for Advancing Public HealthMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

May 15, 2024
by Sara Rogers

Since 2019, the Network has participated in the East Side Health and Well-being Collaborative (“the Collaborative”), a dynamic and diverse coalition of two dozen organizations dedicated to advancing community health equity on St. Paul’s East Side in Minnesota. Serving as a core Partner on the Collaborative, the Network plays a pivotal role, co-founding and leading the Collaborative’s Policy Work Group; providing training on the intersection between health equity, public health, and law and policy; helping identify specific policies that support the Collaborative’s program goals; and participating in and contributing to collaborative activities. We hope by sharing the Collaborative’s unique approach and our learnings as a Partner, we can inform how the public health law field can engage in similar efforts which can positively impact the people and populations we serve, the sectors we reside in, the communities in which we live, and the systems we seek to change.

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Avian Flu Response: Who Does What?

Law & Policy InsightsEmergency Legal Preparedness and ResponsePublic Health AuthorityEmergency Response

May 14, 2024
by Allison N. Winnike and Darlene Huang Briggs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assessed the current risk of avian flu to the general public as low. However, the CDC, in collaboration with federal, state, and local partners, continues to monitor and assess the risk to human health. This Q&A provides answers to basic questions about who is doing what in response to the outbreak of Avian Influenza in the U.S. and includes a basic overview of the current situation and overall public health risk.  

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The Network Appoints Allison N. Winnike as Director, Western Region

Network News

May 2, 2024

As part of the Network’s leadership team, Dang will oversee the work of the Network project and regional teams in advancing law and policy solutions and providing direct legal technical assistance to those working to create healthier, more equitable communities. He will also work closely with external partners in public health, as well as community, philanthropic and advocacy organizations working to advance health in their communities.

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Effective, Equity-focused Overdose Good Samaritan Laws: Maine Leads the Way

Law & Policy InsightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionHarm Reduction Legal ProjectHarm Reduction Legal Project Resources

May 2, 2024
by Corey Davis

Overdose Good Samaritan laws, which generally provide limited protections from arrest or prosecution for drug-related crimes, have been passed in most states. The limited protection these laws offer is often insufficient. A recently passed law in Maine that provides immunity from all but a small number of crimes, while not perfect, is a step towards improving the effectiveness of these laws.

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Reducing Kids’ Consumption of Sugar and Salt through Changes in the National School Lunch Program

Law & Policy InsightsHealth in SchoolFood SecurityPublic Health Advocacy and Decision-MakingMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

May 1, 2024
by Kathleen Hoke

Thanks to recent action by the Department of Agriculture, school lunches will become more nutritious. As the new federal standards roll out, states can support students’ health by increasing access to free school breakfast and lunch. Eight states have passed Health School Meals for All policies, providing comprehensive access to free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of income.

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Balancing Program Integrity and Access to Reproductive Health Services: The Battle Over Title X In Tennessee and Oklahoma

Law & Policy InsightsReproductive Health and Equity Maternal and Child Health

April 24, 2024
by Joanna S. Suder

Title X is a federal grant program that funds family planning and reproductive health care services in the U.S. Two states with abortion bans recently loss Title X grant funding because of the grant's requirement that pregnant patients receive counseling options that include abortion. While the federal government had the right to terminate funding, clients (who are mostly young and have low incomes) lost access to important care as a result of their states' decision to ban abortion.

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