Federal Restrictions on Funding for Syringe Services Programs

Law & Policy InsightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionHarm Reduction Legal ProjectOpioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention

November 21, 2019
by Corey Davis

Syringe service programs (SSP) are places where people who inject drugs (PWID) can receive new syringes and other injection equipment and drop off used supplies. They typically also provide other harm reduction and health promotion services including referrals to treatment, hepatitis C and HIV testing, the overdose reversal medication naloxone, and other related services. Nevertheless, SSPs are controversial due to stigma around PWID and many states prohibit the use of state funds for the operation of SSPs.

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Women’s Health at Risk: How the Title X Final Rule Will Impact Poor and Low-Income Women

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Reform

November 7, 2019
by April Shaw

Title X is the only federally funded program for low-income patients exclusively dedicated to providing family planning and preventative services, including contraception and screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and STDs. Title X serves some four million people a year, most of them women. However, recent rule changes threaten to severely limit women’s access to these essential services.

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How Proposed SNAP Regulations Could Threaten Food Security for Millions of Children

Law & Policy InsightsFood Safety and SecurityFood Security

November 7, 2019
by Mathew R. Swinburne

Approximately 37 million Americans lack dependable access to enough food to live healthy lives. The health effects of food insecurity are particularly pronounced for children, putting them at increased risk for mental health disorders, chronic disease and impaired cognitive development. Current proposed changes to the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides qualifying households with funds to purchase food, would put millions of children at risk of experiencing ongoing food insecurity.

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Water Quality and Public Health – Preparing for a Changing Climate

Law & Policy InsightsEnvironment, Climate and Health

October 23, 2019
by Betsy Lawton

Human exposure to waterborne illnesses will increase as climate change creates more extreme precipitation events that drive harmful pollutants that into fresh waters used for drinking, bathing, swimming, and boating. Rising global temperature is also predicted to promote the growth of pathogens and toxic algae blooms in freshwater. Communities recognizing these threats are establishing adaptation plans and policies to prevent increased risks to human health as the climate changes.

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Select Jurisdictional Examples of Expanded Naloxone Access

Legal Technical Assistance HighlightsSubstance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionOpioid Misuse and Overdose PreventionHarm Reduction Legal ProjectHarm Reduction Legal Project Resources

October 22, 2019

Naloxone is a prescription drug that reverses respiratory depression and other effects caused by opioids. In an effort to reduce opioid-related morbid and mortality, states have attempted to make naloxone more available. A public health professional from Arizona contacted the Network to ask for examples of what other jurisdictions have done to expand access to naloxone.

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Protecting Child Agricultural Workers

Law & Policy InsightsEnvironment, Climate and HealthHealth Information and Data Sharing

October 9, 2019
by Kerri McGowan Lowrey

There are approximately two million farms in the U.S. and 893,000 young people living on them. Just more than half of these young people work on the farm where they live. According to research studies, about every three days a child dies from an agriculture-related incident, and about 33 children are injured in agriculture-related incidents each day. While child labor laws protect young people working in other industries, these laws do not extend to the many working in agriculture.

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Supervised Consumption Sites Win in Court

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

October 9, 2019
by Corey Davis

Supervised consumption spaces (SCS) allow people who use drugs to consume those drugs in a controlled setting, under supervision. SCS provide safe injecting equipment and other health supplies and, in most cases, also provide services including medical care, counseling, and referrals to drug treatment. While many states have taken steps towards authorizing or implementing SCS, the federal government has taken a strong stance against them.

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Data Sharing to Improve Community Health: Highlights from the 2019 Public Health Law Summit

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Information and Data Sharing

October 8, 2019
by Jennifer Bernstein and Sallie Milam

The Network recently held a two-day Summit focused on strategies to collect, use, share and protect multi-sector data to improve the health of communities. In this Q & A, Sallie Milam, J.D. and Jennifer Bernstein, J.D. deputy directors at the Network’s Mid-States Region Office, which organized the Summit, discuss why the Summit was so important to those working with health data and public health.

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TEFCA Enables Nationwide Exchange of Electronic Health Information for Public Health

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Information and Data Sharing

September 25, 2019
by Sallie Milam

The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) enables health information to be shared nationwide by public health, government agencies, individuals, providers, payers and technology developers. TEFCA promises to position public health to work faster and more efficiently towards health equity by enabling better reporting, cross-jurisdictional information exchange, surveillance, tracking and outbreak investigation.

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