Thursday, October 6, 2022
The Network is proud to partner with Healthy Democracy Healthy People to share Healthy Voting Guides for each state. These easy to use digital guides have been designed with community health framing to inform voters about their options leading up to election day. Healthy Voting Guides are nonpartisan and state specific containing relevant guidance from public health and civic engagement experts on healthy voting options including mail-in and early voting, as well as information regarding accessible voting. Check out this video from Dawn Hunter, Director of the Southeastern Region, to learn more and access the guides here.
When Is “Good Enough” Not Good Enough? Making Public Health Policy in Politically Contentious Times.
As lawyers who care about public health, we hope for sound public health law and policy that is based on robust epidemiological evidence. But often the reality is a patchwork of provisions based on compromise, or no law at all. Compromise in public health lawmaking is often inevitable and even desirable in a democratic society. But is it ethically problematic to support a policy that the public believes is in place because it is protective when the evidence doesn’t support that conclusion? As public health lawyers, should we be satisfied that at least something is being done or remain firm in our support that only proven or effective policies should be passed?
Adult-Use Cannabis Social Equity Toolkit
As more states legalize adult-use cannabis and existing markets mature, estimates value the industry at approximately $44 billion in legal sales by 2025. However, the economic opportunities of this new industry are not equitably enjoyed. It is estimated that 81 percent of cannabis business owners are white and only 4.3 percent of owners identify as African American. This Adult-Use Cannabis Social Equity Tool Kit surveys the legal policies used by the 18 states with licensed markets to create a more inclusive adult-use cannabis industry, focusing on ten specific policy variables.
2022 Public Health Law Summit: Climate Change and Health Equity
If you’re in the upper Midwest, it’s not too late to 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. 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. View the full schedule and register.
All In National Meeting (AINM)
The 2022 All In National Meeting (AINM) will feature organizations working on multi-sector data-sharing projects in their communities and their broad range of real-world experiences working across sectors. Sessions will highlight successful efforts to promote health and well-being through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AINM is being held virtually, October 25-26.Learn more and register.
Health Care Access: How Are the Courts Shaping Our Future?
October 21, 2022 8:45 am to 4:45 pm PDT
Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) are hosting a 2022 continuing legal education webinar, “Health Care Access: How Are The Courts Shaping Our Future?” on October 21, 2022 from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm PDT. The webinar will explore the impact that recent court decisions are having on healthcare access, especially for vulnerable populations. Learn more and register.
Senior Program Associate, Housing Justice
Human Impact Partners is looking for a Senior Program Associate with a mix of research and organizing experience to join their Housing Justice team. The position will provide an opportunity to leverage the power of public health to strengthen the movement for housing justice, and to bridge the health equity and housing justice movements to build community power. Applications are due October 13, 2022 at 4 p.m. PDT. Read more and apply.
Senior Attorney, Reproductive Health
The Network is seeking a Public Health Senior Attorney to lead and coordinate our expanding work in reproductive health, coordinating work across the Network’s five Region Offices. This position will track and assess laws, provide legal technical assistance, conduct training, develop tools and educational materials, and facilitate opportunities for networking and peer assistance. The successful candidate will have excellent legal research, writing, and public speaking skills, excellent organizational skills, a demonstrated commitment to health equity and social justice, and the ability to create and maintain partnerships and collaborative relationships with a wide variety of individuals and communities. View the full description and apply 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.