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Equitable Rebuilding from COVID-19: Strengthening Protections for Communities


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET | June 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created profound challenges to public health’s efforts to protect communities. From ensuring the safety of voters to making difficult decisions under extreme conditions, public health professionals have had to address unprecedented and complicated issues in the process of exercising their authority. Join us for a discussion of how we can strengthen our public health emergency response and address the inequities that the pandemic has further exacerbated.

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Hear how governors and other state decision-makers have used their legal authority to mitigate the inequitable effects of COVID-19, and how they can better use data and incorporate equity in their decision-making in the future.
  • Learn how efforts by higher levels of government to limit or eliminate the power of lower levels of government to regulate emergency responses to COVID-19 have harmed public health efforts, worsened health inequities, and underscored the need to reform and rebalance the relationship between states and local governments.
  • Obtain a review of the measures that states put in place to ensure voter access and safety during the pandemic.
  • Hear about current efforts by some states to make permanent changes to facilitate voter participation, while other states seek to roll back changes made to elections policy during the pandemic and restrict voter access.


  • Kathi Hoke, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law-Eastern Region Office and Professor and Director, Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy, University of Maryland Carey School of Law


  • Abigail Lynch, Legal Researcher, Network for Public Health Law – Mid-States Region Office
  • Sabrina Adler, JD, Vice President of Law, ChangeLab Solutions
  • Dawn M. Hunter, JD, MPH, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region Office

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request. An email from ASLME regarding CLE credits will be sent to attendees following the webinar.