How State Tax Policy Can Help Feed the Hungry and Combat Global Warming

Law & Policy InsightsFood Safety and SecurityEnvironment, Climate and HealthClimate and HealthMechanisms for Advancing Public Health

August 30, 2017
by Mathew R. Swinburne

In the U.S., 42.2 million people lack access to adequate food due to insufficient income or other resources. Food insecurity is associated with a wide range of health issues including depression, anxiety, behavioral problems in children, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Conversely, it’s estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted. This waste, in turn, generates substantial greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. Tax incentives for food donations could be one policy approach to address these issues.

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Crafting Richer Messages: Moral Foundations Theory and Communication Strategies for Public Health

Law & Policy InsightsPublic Health Advocacy and MessagingBecoming Better Messengers

August 14, 2017
by Colleen Healy Boufides and Gene Matthews

Effective messaging of public health issues and solutions is essential to public health practice and especially to developing public health laws and policies in a polarized political environment. A number of strategies presented in the workshop were grounded in Moral Foundations Theory, which offers insights into moral psychology and decision-making that are helpful for understanding how value judgments are made.

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The Public Health Costs of Chlorpyrifos to Ensure Insect-Free Crops

Law & Policy InsightsEnvironment, Climate and HealthClimate and Health

August 2, 2017

Since 1965, chlorpyrifos has been a commonly used pesticide, and nearly six million pounds of it are used domestically each year on more than fifty different types of crops. Scientists have linked the pesticide to harmful effects in children and adults, including developmental damage to children’s brains, reduced intelligence levels, loss of working memory, and attention deficit disorders. A proposed a ban by the Environmental Protection Agency on the use of chlorpyrifos slated to go into effect in March, 2017 has been denied, leaving states to decide whether to take action to subject the pesticide to more stringent rules.

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From 0 to 50: The Rapid Adoption of Naloxone Access Laws in the U.S.

Law & Policy InsightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionOpioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention

July 26, 2017
by Corey Davis

The opioid overdose epidemic is a continuing public health crisis. When we began tracking laws aimed to increase access to naloxone in late 2012, they existed in only eight states. As of July 1, 2017, every state and Washington D.C. has passed at least one law increasing access to naloxone—a remarkably rapid progression for public health legislation.

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The Latest in Vaccine Policies: Selected Issues in School Vaccinations, Healthcare Worker Vaccinations, and Pharmacist Vaccination Authority Laws

Law & Policy InsightsHealth in SchoolMaternal and Child Health

July 14, 2017
by Leila Barraza

Vaccine policies play a vital role in protecting public health and are particularly relevant given the recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. In this Q&A, the co-authors of the article, “The Latest in Vaccine Policies: Selected Issues in School Vaccinations, Healthcare Worker Vaccinations, and Pharmacist Vaccination and Authority Laws” discuss this critical public health issue.

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May Public Health Law News Round-Up

Law & Policy Insights

July 5, 2017

Some of the public health law and policy stories that made headlines in May include new legislation in Delaware addressing opioid addiction and overdose; states’ efforts to change laws that prohibit the use of sunscreen in schools; active transportation as a tool for increasing physical activity among children; regulation of donated breastmilk; the gap in maternal care in the U.S.; and the impact of federal and state preemption on local paid sick leave laws.

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Action, Not Rhetoric, Needed to Reverse the Opioid Overdose Epidemic – Q&A

Law & Policy InsightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionOpioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention

June 19, 2017
by Corey Davis

The recently released Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics supplemental issue features articles authored by presenters at the Public Health Law Conference in Washington D.C. Corey Davis, deputy director at the Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region Office, co-authored the article, “Action, Not Rhetoric, Needed to Reverse the Opioid Overdose Epidemic.” In the following Q&A, Corey discusses his article and how it addresses a critical public health issue.

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Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Public Health Law and Practice

Law & Policy InsightsMental Health and Well-Being

June 6, 2017

The recently released Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics supplemental issue features articles authored by presenters at the Public Health Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Jill Krueger, director at the Network for Public Health Law – Northern Region Office, co-authored the article, “Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Public Health Law Practice.” In the following Q&A, Jill discusses her article and how it addresses a critical public health issue.

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