The Network is excited to be a part of the new Collaborative for Anti-Racism and Equity. The Collaborative started as a group of organizations working together to understand and support the movement to address racism as a public health crisis, and has evolved and expanded, connecting people and organizations who are advancing health and racial equity through research, communication, policy, advocacy, and the development of resources and frameworks. Join us at herenow.org to find and share information and ideas, create connections, and uplift examples of work being done to advance health and racial equity.
National Minority Health Month: Raising Awareness and Encouraging Action to Address Health Disparities
National Minority Health Month was observed in April — which marked its 20th year — to emphasize and highlight initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups. This year, severe public health threats including the Covid-19 pandemic, opioid epidemic, high rates of substance abuse, and ongoing housing crises highlight the underlying disparities in U.S. health care and other policies, emphasizing the need to focus on these issues to achieve the best health outcomes for all.
State Medicaid Programs Urgently Need to Prepare for the End of the COVID Public Health Emergency: These Tools and Resources Can Help
The COVID 19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been in effect since January 28, 2020. The original declaration lasted 90 days and has been extended repeatedly – but it won’t last forever. And the end of the PHE is going to cause serious upheaval in state Medicaid programs. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been issuing guidance and toolkits to help states as they return to pre-pandemic enrollment and operations.
50 State Survey: Summary of Enacted Laws and Pending Bills Limiting Public Health Authority: The Second Wave
In their regular 2021 legislative session, many states introduced or passed laws that restricted the ability of state and local public health officials, governors, and others to respond to the immediate threat of COVID-19, as well as future public health threats. A second wave of similar legislation began in regular and special sessions in the fall of 2021 and has continued into the 2022 regular session. This resource details COVID-19-related laws and pending legislation, and broader enacted and proposed limitations on public health authority in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) from January, 2021 through mid-March, 2022 for enacted laws and from September, 2021 through mid-March, 2022 for pending legislation.
Report: Racism as a Public Health Crisis – Perspectives on Healthy Aging
While law can perpetuate and reinforce structural discrimination, it can also create meaningful change by helping to identify and remove barriers to access, resources, and opportunity, and thereby advance health equity. This report uses a revised Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) framework put forward by Ruqaiijah Yearby to examine the role of law as a tool to address structural discrimination, with a focus on health impacts across the lifespan. This framework illustrates how law and the systems it interacts with can shape health and well-being, and identifies structural discrimination as the root cause of disparities in health outcomes.
Understanding the Intersection between Climate Change, Housing, and Public Health
Climate change is a public health threat that has already begun to erode the availability of safe and accessible housing, a critical social determinant of health. Climate-caused extreme weather events, like increased flooding are not experienced equally across all populations; rather, the primary harms are being disproportionately experienced by frontline communities of color and those living in low-income neighborhoods. Attend this webinar to learn about law and policy solutions that prioritize the needs of communities most vulnerable to climate harms, the role that climate change plays in undermining housing security, as well as law and policy approaches to housing affordability and availability.
Paid Internship: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)
The CSTE is seeking an intern to work closely with the CSTE’s Public Health Attorney on various initiatives and activities designed to promote the use of law to solve public health challenges and to provide technical assistance to public health practitioners, attorney, policymakers and advocates on using the law to protect public health. Open to current law students or recent graduates of law school, the position will be up to 8 weeks, starting at the end of May, depending on the availability of successful candidate. Applications will be accepted through the close of business on May 17, 2022. She the full description and apply here.
Keynote at the 2022 Public Health Law Summit: Dr. Letitia Dzirasa Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City Health Department
View this recording of the keynote address by Dr. Letitia Dzirasa at the Public Health Law Summit last week. In her address, Dr. Dzirasa shared her insights on public health and policy strategies for mitigating harms from the pandemic and addressing the racial disparities in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Baltimore. Dr. Dzirasa also spoke about social media and other communications efforts related to vaccinations and other measures.
Slouching Towards Deregulation: The Threat to Health Policy
When it comes to health care, Congress writes the laws and directs federal agencies to implement those laws. Federal agencies are able to clarify policies when needed, such as during emergencies. According to this recent report from The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, this approach is increasingly threatened by recent court decisions that could severely limit the federal agencies' "ability to implement federal health care legislation and to adopt evidence-based, equitable health care and health care policies."
Call for Proposals: 6th Annual All In National Meeting
All In: Data for Community Health is seeking proposals for the 2022 All In National Meeting, which will be held virtually on October 25th and 26th, 2022. The National Meeting theme is: Centering Communities to Transform Shared Data Systems. All In is seeking proposals from those interested in sharing their experiences related to equity and inclusion in data sharing projects focused on promoting health and well-being. Proposal submissions are due May 13th at 11:59PM ET. View complete details here.
New Funding Opportunity: BUILD 4.0
For its new fourth cohort, The BUILD Health Challenge (BUILD) is looking to support up to 19 innovative community collaboratives from across the U.S. that are ready to put Bold, Upstream, Integrated, Local, Data-Driven plans into action. With a specific focus on strengthening partnerships between community-based organizations, hospitals and health systems, health plans, local health departments, and residents, BUILD awards are designed to support collaborations working to address upstream challenges and drive sustainable improvements in community health. Applications for funding accepted May 3 to June 30, 2022.
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