Thursday, March 23, 2023
Attend the 2023 Public Health Law Conference to connect with stakeholders in community health and learn how collaborative efforts that harness the power of law and policy can make real and lasting change. Over 40 sessions will address core issues related to:
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Key Health Policy Changes Promoting Reproductive Justice
Compared to White women, women of color in the U.S. are more likely to be uninsured, live in areas without easy access to contraception, and lack resources necessary to cover health care costs. Consequently, the legal impacts of the overturning of Roe vs Wade have predominantly fallen on pregnancy-capable individuals of color. Despite current serious limitations on access, several states have recently taken important steps toward reproductive justice through the adoption of key health policies.
Equitable Community Engagement and Climate Change: Two Toolkits
It’s critical that climate solutions prioritize and improve lives in communities that have historically been at the margins of government priorities. Yet, even as governmental agencies work to reach out to community members to engage them in this work, community members often express how difficult it is to get government agencies to really listen to their urgent needs and act in their best interests. Two new Network toolkits provide practical guidance for addressing two climate-driven public health needs: community-centered emergency response and preparedness, and community-centered solutions to extreme heat.
Medication Abortion: A Federal-State Legal Tug-of-War
In response to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs Wade, some states have taken substantial steps to inhibit medication abortion access while the Biden administration has implemented measures to expand it. The resulting federal-state “tug-of-war” has created confusion about the legality and availability of medication abortion. This fact sheet analyzes ongoing federal-state conflicts over medication abortion accessibility and public health ramifications.
Overview of State and Local Equity Offices
Since late 2020, many state and local governments have established offices of equity or equivalent entities to prioritize equity in government policies and procedures, and to lead and support equity work within the communities they serve. This resource details examples of cities or counties across 12 states that have established such offices, how they were created, and their structure, duties, and responsibilities, and other relevant notes.
California Naloxone Liability Protections
Equipping people who use drugs and their friends and family members with the overdose reversal medication naloxone can significantly reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths. This fact sheet discusses laws in California that protect those who administer naloxone to a person experiencing an overdose from professional, civil, and criminal liability.
Toward an Empowered and Trusted Public Health System: Learnings from COVID-19 Era Bright Spots Policies
Thursday, March 30 | 1:00-2:30 ET
As we emerge from the pandemic with more than half of U.S. states having passed legislation that undermines public health now and in the future, there are also countless examples of communities working to preserve public health authority to protect and promote population health and reimagine what is a robust and equitable public health system. Attend this webinar to hear about a collection of these bright spots, which together, demonstrate the capacity for self-reflection and reinvention within the field of public health.
Assessing Legal Preparedness for Emergencies: An Overview of the Prevention Measures Law Assessment Tool
April 6, 2023 | 1:30-2:30pm ET
Attend this webinar to obtain an overview of the newly drafted Prevention Measures Law Assessment Tool. Using lessons learned from the past 12 years, including strategies deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tool enables health officials and attorneys to assess their state, Tribe, local or territory jurisdictional legal authority for implementing nonpharmaceutical interventions and distributing medical countermeasures in outbreaks of any magnitude.
Local Privacy Officer Peer Group
The Network has launched a Local Privacy Officer Peer Group that provides support, resources, and learning opportunities to privacy officers at local public health agencies. Members participate in quarterly trainings and are included in a directory of local privacy officers. Members also have the opportunity to interact with one another and connect directly to other local privacy officers around the country through the Peer Group’s listserv. Those interested in joining the group can sign up here. For more information, contact Network Senior Public Health Attorney Stephen Murphy.
Call for APHA Law Section Abstracts
The APHA Law Section seeks abstracts that focus on current hot topics in public health law and/or are relevant to APHA’s 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo theme, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges.” Research on the impact of law and policy on public health, legal theory with important implications for public health, or the practice of law on these topics are encouraged. The submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2023. View the submission guidelines.
CDC Public Health Law Fellowship
CDC’s Public Health Law Program and ChangeLab Solutions are accepting applications for the Public Health Law Fellowship. This paid opportunity will provide graduate students (e.g., MPH, MPA, PhD), law students, and recent graduates of these programs with on-the-job training to prepare them for careers in public health law and policy. The fellowship was created to strengthen the public health law workforce by increasing diversity within the field and preparing the next generation of public health law professionals to respond to critical issues. The deadline for applications is April 17. Learn more and apply.
Law and Policy Analyst
The Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University is seeking two candidates for law and policy analyst positions. The analysts will be primarily responsible for contributing to scientific legal mapping projects by researching and analyzing statutory and regulatory laws and policies across emerging public health topics. Candidates should have a JD and at least two years of post-graduate experience. Learn more and apply.
Public Health Law Internship
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) has an opening for a paid Public Health Law Intern for a current law student or recent law school graduate interested in public health law. The Intern will work directly under the supervision of the CSTE Public Health Law Attorney and will be responsible for supporting a variety of CSTE’s Public Health Law portfolio development and training activities. Deadline to apply is March 24. View the job description and apply.
Deputy Attorney General
The Delaware Department of Justice is seeking a Deputy Attorney General to join its Health Law Unit, Civil Division, to represent the Department of Health and Social Services. This position will involve general counsel duties for the Division of Public Health, the Adult Corrections Health Care Review Board, as well as other duties as assigned. View the job description and 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.