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Springing Forward into Collaboration and Growth

A Message from Executive Director Dr. Vineeta Gupta

As the season transitions into Spring, symbolizing renewal and growth across various cultures and contexts, it’s a moment that prompts reflection on themes of change and progression. This period of rejuvenation, often celebrated around the world through various traditions, mirrors the dynamic, resilient, and collaborative spirit we foster here at the Network. Personally, the Indian festival of Holi, a vibrant celebration of colors, holds a special place in my reflections during this season. It’s a time that marks revitalization and joy, deeply rooted in the sense of community, emphasizing the importance of unity and transformation. Just as Spring heralds a time of renewal and growth, so too does our approach evolve in response to the shifting challenges and opportunities that arise in public health.

There are so many ways in which I am continually inspired by the brilliant team at the Network who are relentlessly committed to identifying ways, through law and policy, to improve the health of our communities.  I am also motivated by our public health partners who are as steadfast in their efforts, and one of my priorities is to find new and innovative ways to collaborate.  

We recently supported and signed on to an amicus brief submitted in Idaho v. United States, along with other signatories, including the American Public Health Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Medical Women’s Association, and 133 public health deans and scholars. The brief considers pressing questions related to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which ensures emergency medical care nationwide, including during pregnancy. At a time when reproductive rights and freedoms are facing judicial attacks that compromise necessary care, the Network remains committed to opposing restrictions that conflict with EMTALA, and other laws and policies that threaten bodily autonomy and safety.

The Network’s Senior Attorney for Reproductive Health, Joanna Suder, led this effort on our behalf, with support from other team members at the Network. Eastern Region Director Kathi Hoke highlighted the collision of EMTALA and state law in the recent webinar: Reproductive Health Care, Litigation, Privacy and Public Health, pointing to a critical question around whether state law supersedes EMTALA with a law as broad as the abortion ban. I encourage you to read the briefview the webinar, and share both with your networks.

Additionally, over the last few weeks, news media outlets have consulted with Network subject matter experts and used our resources to inform their reporting on critical public health law and policy issues:  

I want to extend a thank you to our partners, collaborators, and especially the Network team, for stewardship and dedication in addressing these critical issues affecting the health of communities. Please explore our recent resources, including webinars, and reach out with any questions or ideas for collaboration. 
Warmest Regards, 
Dr. Vineeta Gupta