Thursday, August 13, 2020
Concurrent Sessions Announced
Join us for a virtual two-day Summit examining key issues surfaced by the COVID-19 pandemic and paths forward to more effective and equitable response and recovery efforts. Twenty concurrent sessions will cover critical issues including health equity for marginalized communities; drug and vaccine development and access; federal, state and local emergency measures; voter safety and participation; and more. See the full session list and descriptions here.
Law and Policy Insights:
Evaluating Equity in Public Health Laws and Policies – A Critical Tool at a Critical Time
Conducting a regular assessment of laws and policies is a strategy for addressing health equity, especially when that assessment includes and is informed by community perspectives. The Equity Assessment Framework for Public Health Laws and Policies is a tool designed to assist policymakers and practitioners in assessing new and existing laws and policies through an equity perspective. This framework can be applied to statutes, regulations, ordinances, resolutions, declarations, organizational policies, and policy guidance that either directly impact public health or impact the operations of agencies or organizations responsible for health outcomes.
Addressing Native American Food Insecurity during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity across the country and Native American communities are acutely impacted because of poverty and loss of traditional food systems and practices (hunting, gathering, and cultivating culturally relevant and locally available foods). The scope of Native American food insecurity prior to COVID-19, while difficult to quantify, is an important baseline for understanding the challenge facing this community, the resources that are needed and whether current governmental programs are adequately meeting those needs.
State Laws and Regulations Addressing Fluoridation in Water
Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all health organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Public Health Service, and World Health Organization. Many studies have illustrated the benefits of a fluoridated community water supply, particularly in preventing tooth decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, community water fluoridation is a cost-effective, efficient way to deliver fluoride to all members of a community. Because of its effectiveness at reducing dental caries, water fluoridation is known as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. This resource provides a summary of the laws and regulations regarding water fluoridation in each U.S. state and select jurisdictions.
COVID-19 in Indian Country: Past Policy, Current Responses, and Future Implications
August 18 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
The coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native Americans and Tribal communities. In response, Tribes have exercised their inherent sovereignty to implement a range of infection control measures. Join us for a discussion of Tribal sovereignty and Tribal public health law, including recent Tribal actions to control COVID-19 within Indian Country along with an examination of the policies that have resulted in inequities that persist today; and specific examples of how the pandemic has affected other public health issues in Tribal communities and solutions moving forward.
IZ Gateway Project Legal Agreements: Facilitating Secure Data Sharing for Jurisdictions’ Immunization Information Systems
August 20 & September 9 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Join us for a description of how the IZ Gateway Project Portfolio will support your state’s role in mass vaccination for COVID-19. We will examine how the IZ Gateway Project facilitates secure data sharing for state immunization systems in compliance with federal and state law. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the legal relationships between jurisdictions, the IZ Gateway Project and reporting/querying provider organizations, and the associated trust agreements.
Generating Legal Cohesion across US Responses to COVID-19
James Hodge, director of the Network’s Western Region Office, co-authored this op-ed in The Hill that argues that uniform national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic cannot prevail as long as emergency public health laws reflect political preferences over scientific evidence, and that overcoming political interferences with evidence-based responses entails public health law and policy approaches that rise above political gesturing and economic pressures.
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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.