Job Opportunity: Public Health Legal Fellow

Network NewsMid-States Region

July 28, 2021

The Network is hiring a Public Health Legal Fellow to work with the Mid-States Region Office, located at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Public Health Legal Fellow will focus on legal issues regarding public health authority, social determinants of health, health equity, and collecting, sharing, and protecting data for public health purposes. The goal is to provide a wide range of projects and opportunities that will build the Fellow’s knowledge of public health law and foster connections in the field. For best consideration, apply by August 31, 2021.

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New DEA Rule May Increase Access to Mobile Methadone Services

Law & Policy InsightsHarm Reduction Legal ProjectOpioid Misuse and Overdose PreventionSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

July 26, 2021

The rate of opioid overdose in rural areas has continued to rise, spurred in part by lack of access to treatment for opioid use disorders in underserved communities. Citing a need to respond to an increased need for methadone treatment in remote and rural areas, populations at particular risk of opioid use disorder, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a new rule allowing registered narcotic treatment program facilities to dispense methadone for opioid use disorder treatment through mobile units.

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A Deeper Dive on the Interests and Needs of Individuals and Organizations Engaging in Racial Equity Work

Network News

July 15, 2021

The Network is committed to working with our partners and constituents to identify laws, policies and actions that can advance equity and address the barriers to good health in our communities. We invite you to contribute to this growing body of work by completing a brief survey. Your responses will provide valuable insight into the interests and needs of people and organizations working to advance racial equity in the communities they serve. The survey is anonymous. No identifying information will be connected to your survey responses. We also invite you to join us for one of our virtual focus group sessions where we will have a deeper conversation about this topic.

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The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Reasonable Accommodations to Keep Pregnant Workers Safely Employed

Law & Policy InsightsMaternal and Child HealthMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

July 15, 2021
by Kathleen Hoke

Congress is poised to do something few of us expect of them—pass bi-partisan public health legislation: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA is intended to “eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.”

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Fulton v. City of Philadelphia: A Recent Supreme Court Ruling Could Have Serious Implications for Public Sector Vaccine Mandates

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response

July 15, 2021
by Jennifer Piatt

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred an unprecedented national vaccination campaign, prompting new legal challenges to vaccination mandates. While vaccine mandates have been upheld since Jacobson v. Massachusetts, recent court decisions indicate the potential for a change in the form of a requirement that all public sector vaccine mandates include a religious exemption.  Studies show that states with religious exemptions tend to have much lower vaccine rates, making the possibility of required religious exceptions of significant concern for public health.

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Network for Public Health Law Announces New Director of Southeastern Region Office

Network News

June 30, 2021
by Dawn Hunter

The Network is pleased to announce that Dawn Hunter, J.D., M.P.H., will head the Network’s Southeastern Region Office as director, effective July 1, 2021. The position was previously held by Gene Matthews, who will remain on the Network’s leadership team as Principle Investigator. As an experienced legislative analyst and state health department policymaker, Dawn will lead work to examine legislation impacting health and racial equity, and implement strategies to build the capacity of public health agencies and organizations to effectively use law and policy to improve health outcomes of communities across the country. She will also spearhead outreach initiatives with new partner organizations, including the Healthy Democracy Healthy People initiative and the newly formed Racism as a Public Health Crisis Research Collaborative.

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Improving Health Equity Through Better Data Collection

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Information and Data SharingMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

June 29, 2021
by Dawn Hunter

Pride Month is a celebration by and among individuals and communities of sometimes-hard-won acceptance and affirmation of sexual orientation and gender identity, by and among individuals and communities. This month, Network attorneys highlight recent law and policy developments related to health equity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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A Decade of Both Progress and Missed Opportunities to Reduce Drug-Related Harm

Law & Policy InsightsHarm Reduction Legal ProjectOpioid Misuse and Overdose PreventionSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

June 16, 2021
by Corey Davis

Over the past ten years, there have been important and lifesaving efforts to address drug related harm. All states have passed laws increasing access to the overdose reversal medication naloxone and nearly all have passed overdose Good Samaritan laws, and dedicated advocates have succeeded in legalizing syringe services programs in several states. Unfortunately, law still overwhelmingly works to increase, rather than decrease, risks to people who use drugs. In this commentary, Corey Davis, director of the Network’s Harm Reduction Legal Project, reflects on efforts to address the opioid epidemic and why additional systemic change is needed. Read more.

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Harm Reduction Legal Project Resource Roundup

Law & Policy InsightsHarm Reduction Legal ProjectSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

June 16, 2021
by Amy Lieberman

Parents want to ensure the safety of their children whenever they are passengers in their vehicles by using appropriate car seats or booster seats. Every state has laws regarding child safety restraints for young children while riding in a motor vehicle. However, what happens when parents of young children travel? Rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, are an attractive way to get from the airport to a hotel or other destination. Unfortunately, the requirements around using child safety restraints in rideshares vary by state and are often vague.

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Pride Month: Law and Policy Developments Affecting the LGBTQ+ Community

Law & Policy InsightsMechanisms for Advancing Health Equity

June 16, 2021
by Carrie Waggoner and Jennifer Bernstein

Pride Month is a celebration by and among individuals and communities of sometimes-hard-won acceptance and affirmation of sexual orientation and gender identity, by and among individuals and communities. This month, Network attorneys highlight recent law and policy developments related to health equity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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Car Seats and Rideshare Services: The Need for Improved Safety Laws

Law & Policy InsightsInjury Prevention and Safety

June 16, 2021
by Jennifer Bernstein

Parents want to ensure the safety of their children whenever they are passengers in their vehicles by using appropriate car seats or booster seats. Every state has laws regarding child safety restraints for young children while riding in a motor vehicle. However, what happens when parents of young children travel? Rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, are an attractive way to get from the airport to a hotel or other destination. Unfortunately, the requirements around using child safety restraints in rideshares vary by state and are often vague.

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Public Health Law News Roundup – June 2021

Law & Policy Insights

June 3, 2021
by Mosalewa Ani

Some of the public health law and policy issues in the headlines in recent weeks include HIPAA and proof of vaccination; colleges’ vaccination plans; racial disparities in vaccination rates; possible changes to governors’ authority during future public health emergencies; the relationship between COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic; and the Department of Health and Human Services’ strategy to increase vaccination rates.

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