While the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health policy remains to be seen, there is an immediate and critical need to implement equitable recovery measures in our communities and address health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. The 2021 Public Health Law Conference will examine these measures and more in over 40 sessions. Attend this webinar to get a preview of some of the sessions, along with an overview of the key issues and policy frameworks to be considered as we move beyond the pandemic’s most immediate consequences. Learn more and register.
A Recent Court Ruling Could Have Serious Implications for Public Sector Vaccine Mandates
The COVID-19 pandemic spurred an unprecedented national vaccination campaign, prompting new legal challenges to vaccination mandates. While vaccine mandates have been upheld since Jacobson v. Massachusetts, recent court decisions indicate the potential for a change in the form of a requirement that all public sector vaccine mandates include a religious exemption. Studies show that states with religious exemptions tend to have much lower vaccine rates, making the possibility of required religious exceptions of significant concern for public health.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Reasonable Accommodations to Keep Pregnant Workers Safely Employed
Congress is poised to do something few of us expect of them—pass bi-partisan public health legislation: The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The PWFA is intended to “eliminate discrimination and promote women’s health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition.”
Legality of Dispensing Naloxone to Minors in Colorado
The overdose reversal medication naloxone is critical to ongoing efforts to reduce the harm caused by opioids, which are responsible for most of the nation’s overdose deaths. Like many states, Colorado law permits distribution of naloxone to those at risk of overdosing and others who might be in a position to prevent someone from overdosing. Because substance use disorders often begin in adolescence, there are many reasons why those under 18 might want to have access to naloxone. This resource outlines the legality of dispensing the medication to those under age 18 in Colorado.
Public Health Law Webinars – COVID-19 Collection
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant public health legal and policy issues. In response, the Network has conducted an ongoing series of webinars covering a broad range of issues related to the pandemic, including crisis standards of care; strategies to promote mental health; vaccine distribution; ensuring quality care for vulnerable populations; housing and food insecurity, and strengthening protections for families and communities. Access these webinars for evidence-based information and best practices, and to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the critical issues that have surfaced in response to COVID-19.
Invitation to Contribute to the Network Racial Equity Survey
The Network is committed to working with our partners and constituents to identify laws, policies and actions that can advance equity and address the barriers to good health in our communities. We invite you to contribute to this growing body of work by completing a brief survey. Your responses will provide valuable insight into the interests and needs of people and organizations working to advance racial equity in the communities they serve. The survey is anonymous. No identifying information will be connected to your survey responses. We also invite you to join us for one of our virtual focus group sessions where we will have a deeper conversation about this topic. Take the survey. Sign up for a focus group session.
Keynote Speaker: 2021 Public Health Law Conference
September 21 - 23, 2021 | Baltimore, MD
The Network is pleased to announce Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean and Professor at the Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine, as keynote speaker for the 2021 Public Health Law Conference. Dr. Prothrow-Stith broke new ground with efforts to define youth violence as a public health issue, and more recently has focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected African Americans.
CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
The Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) is currently accepting applicants for their Applied Epi Fellowship. The two-year program recruits and trains qualified candidates to support public health initiatives and provide opportunities for new epidemiologists to expand their skills to a level where they function as competent epidemiologists. The application deadline is July 23, 2021.
Vaccinating Urban Populations in Response to COVID-19: Legal Challenges and Options
Network attorneys James G. Hodge, Jr., Jennifer L. Piatt and Leila Barraza are among the co-authors of this commentary, published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, examining specific law and policy challenges related to vaccinating the urban population in the U.S. as part of the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, including options to address key issues involved in efforts to advance vaccine objectives.
Maryland Journal of Health Care Law and Policy Accepting Submissions
The University of Maryland Journal of Health Care, Law & Policy is open for submissions for articles to be published in Volume 25 in Fall 2021. Manuscripts may be submitted through Scholastica or directly to JHCLPEXEC@law.umaryland.edu.
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