How the Law Can Help Realize the Potential of School Nursing in Public Health

Law & Policy InsightsHealth in SchoolSchool NursesSchool Nursing

June 6, 2017
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

Registered professional school nurses provide important access to prevention services, early detection, and mental health services for school-aged children and adolescents. For many children, the school nurse may be the only health care provider they will see all year. School nurses are uniquely positioned at the intersection of student health and education; and they are trained to understand the complexity of the relationship between physical and mental well-being and academic success.

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Homelessness and the Public’s Health: Legal Responses ̶ Q&A

Law & Policy InsightsHealthy and Affordable Housing

May 11, 2017
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

Many experts and advocates consider homelessness a critical public health issue. Professor James G. Hodge, Jr., director of the Network's Western Region Office, co-authored the article “Homelessness and the Public’s Health: Legal Responses” in the recently released Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics supplemental issue. In this Q&A, he discusses his article and the role of law and advocacy to ameliorate the public health impact of homelessness.

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Licensing E-Cigarette Retailers and Vape Shops

Law & Policy InsightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

March 10, 2017

While “Tobacco 21” and clean air laws are effective tobacco control strategies, particularly at reducing youth use, they’re not politically feasible in much of the country – twenty states still do not have comprehensive indoor smoking restrictions and only California and Hawaii have raised the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21. State and local tobacco licensing programs are critical to preventing youth use of tobacco products. These programs enable communities to identify retail businesses that sell tobacco products.

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How Medicaid and the ACA are Helping States Address Opioid Overdose

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

March 2, 2017
by Corey Davis

In 2015, 33,091 Americans died of accidental opioid overdose, that’s more deaths than from car crashes or guns. Early interventions to prevent and treat substance use disorder and opioid use disorder, save lives and resources. Although access to evidence-based prevention and treatment remains far below where it should be, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act have been instrumental in improving it.

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