Lawyer Detail

Denise Chrysler


The Network for Public Health Law - Mid-States Region Office

University of Michigan
School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Areas of Expertise

  • Data privacy
  • Newborn screening samples and research

Available For

  • Referrals
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Technical Assistance



Publications and Research


Denise Chrysler has a broad background in public health law with specific expertise regarding collection, sharing, and protection of health and personal information. She is the director of the Network for Public Health Law – Mid-States Region, located at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The Network assists practitioners, attorneys, policymakers, and advocates to efficiently and effectively use law to manage and improve population health.

For 27 years, Ms. Chrysler provided legal services to the Michigan Department of Community Health regarding public health powers, programs, and services, serving as the public health legal director, the director of the Office of Legal Affairs, the department’s chief privacy officer, the regulatory affairs officer, the Freedom of Information Act coordinator, a member of the department’s Institutional Review Board, and as an assistant attorney general. As a state attorney, Ms. Chrysler served on the department’s Steering Committee and Privacy and Security subcommittee to develop health information exchange, and was the lead author of the legal sections of Michigan’s e-Health Initiative Conduit to Care Report.  She worked extensively on the Michigan BioTrust Project to make newborn screening blood specimens and associated data available for health research. Finally, she served on the statewide Bed Bug Working Group and was lead author of the legal sections of the Michigan Manual for the Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs. She continues her work on these efforts by serving on national and state advisory groups, developing practical training and tools, providing technical assistance, and making presentations.



  • Addressing Law to Share Immunization Information System (IIS) Data Among States – The National Vaccine Advisory Committee. February 10, 2015.
  • Is Informed Consent the Solution to the Challenges Associated with the Retention and Use of Residual Newborn Screening Dried Blood Samples? – Public Health Law Research Annual Meeting. January 15, 2015.
  • Data, Health Information and Local Public Health – National Association of Local Boards of Health Conference. August 15, 2014.
  • Bed Bugs: The New Scourge of the Poor Information – American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting. November 5, 2013.
  • Legal Concerns in Disasters – Long Term and Residential Care Disaster Preparedness: Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Conference. May 22, 2013.