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Thursday, August 11, 2022



Join us for a Summit on the quickly changing landscape of law and policy in both health equity and cannabis, including the public health response to growing disparities that were exacerbated by the pandemic, and the broad spectrum of public health, policy, and equity issues that have surfaced as more states contemplate cannabis legalization. Register by August 22nd to receive a $50 discount off registration! In the online registration form, click on “Enter promo code” at the upper left-hand corner, and enter SummerSale2022. View full schedule and register.




Litigation as a Public Health Tool: A Modern-Day Public Health Story

Litigation by and against the government and by and against product manufacturers can impact public health as significantly as legislation and funding. A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with environmentalists, farmworkers, and food safety advocates in their joint lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to adequately consider whether glyphosate (a herbicide that kills grass and weeds) poses unreasonable risks to humans, endangered species, and the environment. Although the court did not issue an order prohibiting or limiting the use of glyphosate, the three-judge panel sent the issue back to the EPA for reconsideration.


Racial Disparities in Women’s Health

The Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization disproportionately affects the lives of Black and minority women. Black women are three to four times more likely to die in pregnancy and five times more likely to die from pregnancy-related cardiomyopathy and blood pressure disorders than White women. As a result of this decision, 26 states have already, or will soon, ban abortion with little or no exceptions. Twenty-two of the states whose laws impose strict abortion restrictions collectively are home to 45 percent of Black women under the age of 55.



Emergency Legal Preparedness: Monkeypox

On August 5th, the White House declared Monkeypox a public health emergency.  This resource outlines key legal and policy guidance since the inception of the Monkeypox outbreak and resulting public health emergency responses including a brief snapshot of epidemiologic and medical developments; U.S. legal preparedness, response, and recovery efforts; and public health emergency declarations and powers.


The Limits of HIPAA in Keeping Reproductive Health Records Private

In the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, there is growing concern of far-reaching state restrictions that may include blocking pregnant individuals from traveling to another state to terminate a pregnancy; prohibiting pregnant individuals from obtaining abortion pills out-of-state; and even criminalizing the provision of information to those seeking out-of-state abortions. With these broad ramifications in mind, the threat of law enforcement gaining access to health records is a growing concern. This fact sheet provides guidance on how HIPAA applies to abortion records. We caution that HIPAA includes several provisions permitting disclosure of an individual’s abortion records to law enforcement when specific conditions are met.




Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Benefit: A Powerful Tool to Improve Child Health
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST | August 25, 2022

Medicaid covers an expansive and powerful benefit for children – Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Services (EPSDT). EPSDT requires states to perform outreach and screening, and to cover all necessary medical, vision, hearing, and dental services when children need them. Attend this webinar for an overview of the EPSDT benefit and major developments over the last few years, including court cases enforcing EPSDT requirements; and learn about recent federal guidance on implementing the benefit. Learn more and register.




2022 Public Health Law Summit: Climate Change and Health Equity

October 12 – 14, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN

The 2022 Climate Change and Health Equity Summit will bring together health departments, health care providers, and community-based organizations and others who are working with communities to achieve health equity and develop climate solutions that are centered in a health equity framework. Attend this Summit to engage with others to build a shared understanding of how public health law can and should make our communities healthier and help mitigate climate change. Learn more and register.



Worth Sharing


Legal Review of State Emergency Medical Services Policies and Protocols for Naloxone Administration

Corey Davis, director of the Harm Reduction Legal Project, recently co-authored an article published by ScienceDirect on the expanded access to the opioid antagonist naloxone, noting that all states now allow some basic life support providers to administer naloxone.


The Public Health Law Practitioners Convening
August 17-19, 2022 | Chicago, IL

To support the critical role of public health law and policy professionals, CDC and NACCHO have organized this convening for practitioners interested in developing professional relationships, gaining knowledge, and discovering innovative practices from their peers while considering the incorporation of equity and cross-sector partnership in their work. Law and policy practitioners are integral to state, tribal, local, and territorial public health practice. They develop and interpret public health authorities, enforce regulations, and leverage the law to positively impact community health. Learn more and register.


Healthy People 2030 Spotlight on Health Webinar

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST  | August 24, 2022

Hosted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), this webinar will provide an overview of the research that supports the inclusion of civic engagement as a social determinant of health and related Healthy People 2030 objectives. Presenters include RDML Paul Reed, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services; Nico Pronk, Ph.D., President, HealthPartners Institute and Chief Science Officer, HealthPartners; Dawn Hunter, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law—Southeastern Region Office; and Somava Saha, M.D., M.S., Founder and Executive Lead, Well-being and Equity in the World, and Executive Lead, Well-being in the Nation Network. Learn more and register



Job Opportunities


National Director, Network for Public Health Law

Following the retirement of Network National Director Donna Levin, the Network is searching for a new National Director to provide strategic direction, lead organizational development, and oversee the work of its National Office and five Region Offices. The ideal candidate is an energetic hands-on leader with unquestionable integrity and high ethical standards, who is able to lead and inspire with an entrepreneurial mindset. The National Director must have exceptional ability to proactively engage and facilitate discussions with a broad range of stakeholders to champion the Network and its mission to provide visionary leadership in the use of law to protect, promote, and improve health and health equity. As the position is integral to ensuring organizational stability and growth, the National Director must have a strong track record in identifying and securing diverse sources of revenue, including philanthropic and government funding, as well as earned-income. View the full position posting here.


Network for Public Health Law Senior Attorney

The Network is seeking a Public Health Senior Attorney to lead and coordinate work in our Act for Public Health (A4PH) initiative, which helps public health departments preserve their authority and powers to protect the health of communities. This position will track and analyze legislation, provide legal technical assistance, conduct training, develop tools and educational materials, and facilitate opportunities for networking and peer assistance. This position will also be the main point of contact and coordinate with A4PH partner organizations. View the full position description here.


Program Development Associate

The Network is seeking a Program Associate who will be responsible for supporting program activities for the Network. The Program Associate must have the ability to work collaboratively within project teams, and interact effectively with staff, leadership, consultants, members, funders, and sponsors. This position provides project and administrative support as assigned, and reports to the Deputy Managing Director. View the full position description here.


Deputy Director, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is seeking a Deputy Director of Regulatory and Legal Affairs. This position reports to the Division of Public Health (DPH) Director of Regulatory and Legal Affairs and will be part of the leadership team in the DPH Office of Regulatory and Legal Affairs (RLA) with a supervisory role. This position is a subject matter expert on all program areas related to public health law, administrative rulemaking, human subjects research law, IRB administration, and state and federal information privacy requirements. Read the full position posting here.



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The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.