Lawyer Detail

Akshara Menon

Senior Legal Analyst/ORISE Fellow

Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4770 Buford Highway NE,
MS E-70 
Atlanta, GA30341


Areas of Expertise

  • Health System Transformation
  • Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Akshara Menon, J.D., M.P.H. serves as a senior legal fellow with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Law Program (PHLP). Ms. Menon collaborates with public health professionals to explore the relationship between public health and the law. She specializes in legal research, analysis and writing to provide technical assistance to public health attorneys, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers on the state, tribal, local, and territorial level. She leads legal research projects on health system transformation, prescription drug overdose prevention, and emergency antiviral distribution. 

Ms. Menon is an active member of the State Bar of Connecticut. She earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2007 and her M.P.H. from Yale School of Public Health in 2009. At Yale, Ms. Menon received Honors for her M.P.H. thesis entitled “Law as a Tool to Influence Public Health Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Zoning Law in South Los Angeles Versus Calorie-Labeling Law in New York City to Address Obesity.” She also served as an Article Editor for the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics. Her employment experience includes the American Medical Association and World Health Organization where she gained significant research and writing experience in health policy and law on both a national and global scale. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University in 2003.


50-State Assessment of Laws Affecting Emergency Distribution of Antiviral Medications – Public Health Law Research Annual Meeting. January 15, 2015. 

State Laws on Prescription Drug Misuse, Abuse, and Overdose – American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting. November 19, 2014. 

Antiviral Distribution Toolkit Workshop – 2014 Public Health Law Conference. October 17, 2014. 

Health System Transformation—What Does it Mean to You? – American Health Lawyers Association & Public Health Law Program webinar. July 21, 2014. 

Medicaid 1115 Waivers: How are they Transforming the Health System? – Network for Public Health Law & Public Health Law Program webinar. June 19, 2014.


  • Hoss, A., Menon, A. & Corso, L. (forthcoming 2015). State Public Health Enabling Authorities: Results of a Fundamental Activities Assessment Examining Core and Essential Services. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Research Items