Wednesday, June 29, 2022
On Friday, June 24th, 2022, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court held that there is no constitutional right to abortion, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Attend this webinar to gain an understanding of the outcome and major themes revealed by the Dobbs decision, as well as potential impacts on additional constitutional rights. Learn about alternate key legal challenges to preserve abortion access, including challenges based in state constitutional language and federal preemption; and find out about current and emerging state-based actions designed to preserve and promote reproductive health. Learn more and register.
Ohio’s Policy Assessment Tool: Q&A With Two of the Tools’ Drafters on Use of the Tool to Improve Health Equity
Across the country, states and localities are using a variety of strategies to assess the health, equity, and racial impacts of legislative and administrative policies. Recognizing the need for a health equity assessment tool, the Health Equity Network of Ohio recently launched an analytic tool to support implementation of a Health and Equity in All Policies approach in Ohio. In this Q & A, two of the tools’ drafters discuss the opportunities the tools presents to advance health equity in their state.
The Network’s Fall Summit: Helping the Public Health Community Navigate the Rapidly Changing Field of Cannabis Law
Cannabis law and policy is evolving at a blistering pace driven largely by state legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis. In this churn of changing state laws public health is faced with myriad complex issues. How do we address social justice in the shadow of the war on drugs? What policies are effective in preventing youth access? How can the tax revenue generated by cannabis legalization be used to reinvest in communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs? What role can local government play in this dynamic environment? To help public health stakeholders better navigate critical issues like these, the Network is hosting a Summit on September 13th and 14th in Baltimore City, Maryland to explore pressing issues in cannabis law and policy.
State and Local Efforts to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis – Eastern Region Update
In the summer of 2020, as the disparities in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continued to worsen, and amid racial justice protests following the murder of George Floyd, cities, counties, states, and other agencies and organizations increasingly issued formal resolutions declaring racism a public health crisis. These resolutions and formal statements are an important step in calling attention to racism in a way that can drive resource allocation and changes to law and policy. This issue brief is the third in a series of updated analyses examining resolutions issued in each region of the country covered by the Network’s five regional offices.
Legal Handbook for Establishing a Public Health Registry
The Flint Registry is designed to evaluate and improve health outcomes for people exposed to lead in their water during the Flint Water Crisis. This handbook describes and examines the essential legal issues a public health registry must resolve to obtain relevant patient-level data. While it focuses on the challenges experienced while establishing the Flint Registry, many aspects can be generalized to guide other entities seeking to establish public health registries.
Establishing an Environmental Exposure Registry: Operational and Legal Lessons from the Flint Registry
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST | June 30, 2022
After thousands of Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to lead during the 2014-15 Flint water crisis, the community came together to create the Flint Registry to monitor community health, connect people to services, and promote an understanding of how the water crisis affected the community. This webinar will examine the process involved in establishing and operating a community-based non-governmental environmental exposure registry. The presenters will share a legal handbook to guide other communities wishing to establish non-governmental public health registries.
2022 Public Health Law Summit: Climate Change and Health Equity
October 12 – 14, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN
In the midst of extreme weather and climate-related threats, there is an opportunity to reform inequitable systems and laws that have left frontline communities, including many communities of color, more susceptible to health threats due to climate change. 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.
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.
Marketing and Communications Specialist
The Network seeks an individual who is passionate about health and social justice to join us as our Marketing and Communications Specialist to help us successfully raise our national profile, engage with our key constituents, expand our reach, and improve our support to communities. The Marketing and Communications Specialist must be a tech savvy self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and will be responsible for developing and implementing communication, marketing, and outreach campaigns and programs. This position is based at the Network’s National Office in Edina, Minnesota, and reports to the Associate Director, Marketing Communications. View the full description and apply here.
Vital Strategies: Harm Reduction
Vital Strategies is seeking applicants for several harm reduction positions, including Program Officer, Harm Reduction Communications, New Mexico Department of Health ( full posting here); Statewide Harm Reduction Technical Program Officer, New Jersey Department of Health’s Division of HIV, STD and TB Services (DHSTS (full posting here); and Program Officer, Overdose Prevention Strategy Coordination, New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative (full 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.