Thursday, February 27, 2020
The Network is pleased to announce the Opening Plenary at the 2020 Public Health Law Conference! Focusing on promising legal tools to address the major health challenges of gun violence, opioid overdose, and obesity, speakers Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; Sally Friedman, Vice President of Legal Advocacy at the Legal Action Center; and Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the NYU School of Global Public Health will share strategies for protecting the health of communities. Learn more about the plenary.
Law and Policy Perspectives
Eviction Expungement: A Civil Legal Tool to Improve Housing Stability and Health
Eviction can trap families and individuals in cycles of poverty by limiting their housing options and pushing them into substandard housing or homelessness, leading to a multitude of poor physical and mental health outcomes. Eviction also disproportionally impacts people of color and poor people. Laws providing for the expungement of eviction records may help to mitigate the harmful consequences of eviction and improve access to housing.
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in Pennsylvania
For a variety of reasons, individuals under the age of 18 may wish to access naloxone without knowledge of their parent or guardian. This may be because a parent, friend, or other person with whom they interact is at risk of opioid overdose, or just so that they can be prepared, in the event that they witness an overdose. This fact sheet discusses whether it is permissible to prescribe naloxone to minors in Pennsylvania.
Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness & Novel Coronavirus
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak emanating from Wuhan, China is spreading rapidly. Tens of thousands of new cases are confirmed in China along with thousands more around the world, including 59 cases identified in the U.S. This Primer provides key information on the public health emergency response to COVID-19.
The Public Health Impacts of Legalized Sports Betting
March 19 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
In 2018, the Supreme Court issued a decision that allowed states to legalize sports betting. Since then, 14 states have legalized sports betting. Despite estimates that problem gambling is linked to about twice the rate of suicide attempts as other addictions, few states have included provisions to support problem gambling treatment. Attend this webinar to learn about the public health impacts of problem gambling and the legal and policy levers that are effective in mitigating it.
Network Seeks Diversity and Equity Consultant
The Network seeks an experienced diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant to conduct an organizational assessment that provides a better understanding of current policies, culture, and practices with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ultimate objective of this work is to nurture an environment that is welcoming to a diverse staff. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm central standard time.
Are Naloxone Access Laws Effective in Reducing Opioid-related Deaths?
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation designed to improve layperson access to the opioid overdose antidote medication naloxone. Corey Davis, Deputy Director of the Network’s Southeastern Region Office, co-authored this article in the journal Substance Abuse on the findings of a study on the causal impact of Naloxone Access Laws on state-level opioid-related mortality rates.
Association of Medicaid Expansion With Opioid Overdose Mortality in the United States
Uptake of substance use disorder services with medications for opioid use disorder has increased more in Medicaid expansion states than in nonexpansion states, but whether ACA-related Medicaid expansion is associated with county-level opioid overdose mortality has not been examined. Corey Davis, Deputy Director of the Network’s Southeastern Region Office, co-authored this article published by the JAMA Network on the results of a study on Medicaid expansion and opioid overdose mortality.
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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.