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How We Can Help

Our assistance comes in many forms. Some individuals and organizations contact us to help them in understanding and navigating a particular law, ordinance or statute. Others want to know how other public health professionals and advocates are leveraging laws and policies to address pressing issues in their communities. For many, law and policy seems complex and they are unsure how their initiatives might benefit by examining the laws and policies that impact it. We help cut through this complexity by providing them with the legal expertise and evidence-based information they need to protect and improve public health.

“The information the Network provided helped us strengthen an important state law.”


“As a result of our consultations with the Network, key individuals were given information that stopped a proposal before it went anywhere, protecting effective overdose prevention efforts from being inadvertently negatively impacted.”

“The Network gave me valuable information that enabled me to speak with our lawyer about nuisance ordinances and create a policy for declarations of disasters.”

Tell Us What You’re Working On. We’re Ready to Help.

Our law and policy experts can help you identify the key considerations central to your unique challenges and provide law and policy pathways you can leverage to make a difference.

  • find answers to specific legal questions
  • use law to strengthen your public health programs and policies, and address emerging public health issues
  • find resources, such as legal briefs, fact sheets, surveys of laws in all 50 states, or other available data
  • benefit from the best practices of others
  • connect with additional experts in public health law, including attorneys in the Network’s other regions

Legal Assistance Library


Because we offer a variety of support, your question or a similar one may have already been asked. We recommend looking through our Legal Assistance Library to see if the information you need is already available.

  • Food Safety
  • Health Reform
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Cross-Border Public Health
  • Environmental Public Health
  • Drug Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction

Want our help?

The Network provides legal technical assistance on public health issues designed to improve population health. The Network does not provide legal advice to or represent individuals or entities, and cannot provide technical assistance related to a particular individual’s legal circumstances/case or health needs.

Eastern Region Office

The Eastern Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Injury Prevention and Safety
»     Environmental Public Health
»     Food Safety

  • Contact an Eastern Region Law & Policy Expert
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    Kathleen Hoke
    Region Director

    Eastern Region Office

    Mathew R. Swinburne
    Associate Director

    Eastern Region Office

    Kerri McGowan Lowrey
    Deputy Director

    Eastern Region Office

    Brooke Torton
    Sr. Staff Attorney

    Eastern Region Office

    Megan Griest
    Chief of Staff

    Eastern Region Office


Mid-States Region Office

The Mid-States Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Health Information Data Sharing
»     Public Health Statutes and Regulatory Information

  • Contact a Mid-States Region Law & Policy Expert
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    Denise Chrysler
    Region Co-Director

    Mid-States Region Office

    Peter D. Jacobson
    Region Co-Director

    Mid-States Region Office

    Jennifer Bernstein
    Deputy Director

    Mid-States Region Office

    Colleen Healy Boufides
    Deputy Director

    Mid-States Region Office

    Sallie Milam
    Deputy Director

    Mid-States Region Office

    Carrie Waggoner
    Senior Attorney

    Mid-States Region Office


Northern Region Office

The Northern Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Mental Health and Well-Being
»     Rural Health Equity
»     Climate Resilience

  • Contact a Northern Region Law & Policy Expert
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    Jill Krueger
    Region Director

    Northern Region Office

    Betsy Lawton
    Sr. Staff Attorney

    Northern Region Office

    April Shaw
    Staff Attorney

    Northern Region Office

    Madeline Kim
    Public Health Associate

    National Office/Northern Region Office


Southeastern Region Office

The Southeastern Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Drug Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction
»     Health Reform
»     Maternal and Child Health
»     Public Health Agency Structure, Organization and Accreditation
»     Messaging

  • Contact a Southeastern Region Law & Policy Expert
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    Gene Matthews
    Region Director

    Southeastern Region Office

    Corey Davis
    Deputy Director

    Director, Harm Reduction Legal Project

    Dawn Hunter
    Deputy Director

    Southeastern Region Office

    Sarah Somers
    Managing Attorney

    Southeastern Region Office

    Jane Perkins
    Sr. Attorney

    Southeastern Region Office

    Amy Lieberman
    Sr. Attorney

    Southeastern Region Office; Harm Reduction Legal Project


Western Region Office

The Western Region leads the legal technical assistance and research efforts for:
»     Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response
»     Immunization

  • Contact a Western Region Law & Policy Expert
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    James G. Hodge, Jr.
    Region Director/Principal Investigator

    Western Region Office

    Leila Barraza
    Senior Consultant

    Western Region Office

    Sarah Wetter
    Senior Consultant

    Western Region Office

    Jennifer Piatt
    Senior Attorney

    Western Region Office