Job Opportunity: Public Health Attorney (Northern Region)

Network News

April 13, 2020

The Network is seeking a Public Health Attorney to work in its Northern Region Office, located in Edina, Minnesota. The Public Health Attorney will provide legal technical assistance, conduct trainings, develop tools and educational materials, and facilitate opportunities for networking and peer-assistance on a wide variety of public health law topics, including COVID-19 response and recovery.

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Job Opportunity: Program Associate (National Office)

Network News

April 9, 2020

The Network has an opening for a Program Associate. The Program Associate will be responsible for supporting program activities for the Network including data and reporting, website, conference and meetings support. The Program Associate must have the ability to work collaboratively within project teams, and interact effectively with staff, leadership, consultants, members, funders and sponsors. For best consideration, please apply by April 30th, 2020.

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A Public Health Framework for Implementing Economic and Social Supports

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Emergency Legal Preparedness and ResponseEconomic Stability

April 2, 2020
by John T. Monahan

The $2 trillion-plus Coronavirus response law, along with two other pandemic-related funding bills earlier this month, provide for a vast array of new federally-funded programs and policies aimed at helping individuals and families battered by a global pandemic and harmed by the economic downturn precipitated by our broad-based public health response. An overarching public health framework can guide the shared work of federal, state and local agencies to implement these new policies and programs.

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Supporting Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Mental Health and Well-Being

March 26, 2020
by Jill Krueger

The COVID-19 outbreak occurring in the United States and in many other countries has profound implications for mental health. Just as public health is leading the way to protect physical health in the context of COVID-19, public health can take steps to promote mental health and community resilience. While public health has emergency isolation, quarantine, and social distancing powers, taking small steps where consistent with good public health practice can support mental well-being.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts Federal Agencies to Reduce Restrictions on Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Substance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionHarm Reduction Legal ProjectTelehealth

March 21, 2020
by Corey Davis

The medications methadone and buprenorphine are extremely effective in reducing the harms associated with opioid use disorder. In light of the ongoing public health emergency associated with COVID-19 the federal government has recently taken a number of steps to increase access to these lifesaving medications.

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Combatting COVID-19 through Law and Policy: Social Distancing Only Works if People Can Stay at Home

Law & Policy InsightsCOVID-19Healthy and Affordable HousingSocial Distancing MeasuresSocial and Community Context

March 18, 2020
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Workers who are sick and one paycheck away from not being able to pay rent are more likely to go to work, potentially exposing others in their workplace and on public transportation to COVID-19. In response, just in the past week, several jurisdictions have taken innovative steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by instituting policies designed to ensure that people can stay in their homes.

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The Indian Health Care Improvement Act: Another Potential Casualty of Efforts to Repeal the ACA

Law & Policy InsightsTribal HealthMedicaid

March 12, 2020
by Sarah Somers

A lawsuit arguing for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is making its way to the Supreme Court. One of the lesser-known provisions of the ACA enacted the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) which provides key health care provisions intended to benefit Native populations. The loss of the IHCIA would significantly set back efforts to address health disparities.

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Social Media Isolation Conundrum: Seeking Public Health Law Solutions

Law & Policy InsightsMental Health and Well-Being

March 12, 2020

Emerging medical research suggests an array of harms from dysfunctional use of social media, including social isolation and loneliness. Rapid advancement of information technology and the near-ubiquitous use of social media have led to calls for public health research to better assess benefits and harms. As we learn more, what role might public health policy play in mediating the harmful effects of social media use?

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