Thursday, February 23, 2023
Early Bird Discount through March 24
Issues of health equity, systemic racism and racial health disparities, access to reproductive health care, the health impacts of climate change, and the capacity of public health to effectively address these and other critical issues are at the forefront of national discourse. Progress on these issues requires the collaboration of diverse people and organizations, and an understanding of how to harness the power of law and policy to make real and lasting change. Join us at the 2023 Public Health Law Conference to get insights, actionable steps, resources, new connections, and a better understanding of how to leverage law and policy to advance health equity. Learn more and register.
Science Denial and Public Health Law
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, “science denialism” — including misinformation and disinformation — was rampant, engendering opposition to vaccines and other disease mitigation measures, as well as a backlash against public health officials. Combating the spread of misinformation and disinformation requires working with trusted community members and increased government efforts to disseminate clear public health information.
Six Policies that Advance Black Health and Wellbeing
In honor of Black History Month, Network attorneys and staff have highlighted six policies that have the power to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for Black people and communities of color throughout the United States. This policy brief serves as a practical tool to help public health professionals, leaders, and partners share strategies that can advance, rather than threaten, Black health and wellbeing over the long-term.
Disaggregation of Public Health Data by Race & Ethnicity: A Legal Handbook
Detailed race and ethnicity data in public health is needed to adequately identify, assess, and address health inequities and structural racism, yet this type of data is often not utilized because of misunderstandings around the legality of collecting and sharing it. This Legal Handbook addresses the role of law in collecting and disseminating public health data disaggregated by race and ethnicity; and can assist public health practitioners and attorneys across state, Tribal, and local governments in the use of data to advance health equity.
Pathways to Yes: A legal framework for achieving data sharing for health, well-being, and equity
Co-authored by the Network and Data Across Sectors for Health, this guide is designed for entities that want to share data but don’t know how or where to begin the process; as well as those that have run into obstacles in their data-sharing planning; including the “culture of ‘no’,” a factor that inhibits or prohibits data sharing based on an incomplete understanding of when and how laws (particularly health data privacy laws) permit data sharing.
Fighting for Public Health: How Do We Strengthen Public Health Advocacy at Local, State, and National Levels?
TODAY | 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST
Attend this webinar to obtain insights and the key take-aways from a feasibility study, commissioned by the Network, in which public health advocates and leaders from 45 organizations where asked how we can strengthen public health advocacy. Their responses provided a picture of the current state of affairs in public health and opportunities to strengthen the voice of public health in advocating for evidence-based, sound public health approaches and policies, and for the profession and practice of public health itself.
HIV Is Not a Crime: A Roundtable Discussion on Legal, Health & Equity Considerations Related to HIV Criminalization
Feb 28, 2023 | 1:00 pm EST
Join this upcoming webinar on HIV is Not a Crime Awareness Day, hosted by ChangeLab Solutions and CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. A dynamic team of experts at the forefront of HIV law, policy, and research – including Network National Director, Dr. Vineeta Gupta – discuss the importance of HIV decriminalization, CDC’s new HIV Criminalization Legal and Policy Assessment Tool, and the path towards a more equitable future.
Diverse Executives Leading in Public Health
ASTHO and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine, with funding support from CDC-CSTLTS, have created a new leadership development program. Applications for the program, titled the Diverse Executives Leading in Public Health (DELPH), are now being accepted. Public health professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Feb. 28, 2023. For more information, click here.
Senior Program Coordinator
The Network’s National office is seeking a Senior Program Coordinator to support our National Director in key initiatives and administrative activities. This role requires excellent planning, problem-solving aptitude, time management, nuanced relationship navigation, attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines while juggling multiple requests. This is a hybrid position, based in the D.C. metro area. View the job description and apply.
Attorney, The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards’ (www.mahb.org) mission is to assist and support boards of health in meeting their statutory, regulatory, and service responsibilities. The MAHB is seeking a full-time attorney with knowledge of Massachusetts municipal and public health law to provide technical assistance and legal education to Boards of Health, health departments and public health department collaboratives. Applicants must have a JD degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar, and at least 3 years of full-time or equivalent part-time professional experience in the practice of law. Contact Cheryl Sbarra, Executive Director, and Senior Staff Attorney at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply.
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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.