Thursday, September 22, 2022
Join policy and community-based organizations, health departments, health care providers and others who are working with communities to develop climate solutions that are centered in a health equity framework at the 2022 Public Health Law Summit: Climate Change and Health Equity. Sessions will examine opportunities to advance health equity in state and federal level climate actions and policies, local health department tools for equity and climate justice, advocacy to support the priorities of BIPOC communities, and numerous other real-world efforts. View the schedule and register.
The Persistent Criminalization of Pregnant People Who Use Drugs
The July 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization brings questions of bodily autonomy into the limelight, especially with regard to pregnant people. At the intersection of two criminalized issues — abortion and drug use — pregnant people who use drugs (PWUD) will be further subject to a lack of adequate care in this post-Roe world. Even before Dobbs, however, pregnant PWUD were stigmatized, criminalized, and often received inadequate (or no) care.
Mandating Telehealth Accessibility in Light of Covid-19
The pandemic has highlighted various inequities experienced by people with disabilities, especially internet inaccessibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed before the internet was commonly used; consequently, there is no explicit language addressing website—much less telehealth—accessibility. In July, HHS and the Department of Justice jointly issued Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth which states that telehealth accessibility is required not only by the ADA, but also by the Rehabilitation Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Affordable Care Act. However, the Guidance is not legally binding.
Post-Dobbs Legal Avenues to Abortion Access
The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has resulted in severe limitations to abortion access among select states nationally. In the aftermath of the elimination of the fundamental constitutional right to abortion, identifying legal options to abortion access is critical to ensure the health and safety of individuals across the nation. This fact sheet illustrates select legal avenues to access abortion services in the post-Dobbs United States under core specific categories.
Key Federal Responses to Protect Abortion Access and Promote Reproductive Health Post-Dobbs
The federal government has taken specific actions designed to preserve and promote access to abortions and promote reproductive health following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This fact sheet examines key responses from the Biden administration that attempt to protect legal abortion access through specific actions by the White House, Department of Health & Human Services; Department of Justice; and other federal entities.
Staff Attorney: University of Maryland Carey School of Law/Network for Public Health Law University of Maryland Carey School of Law/Network for Public Health Law
The University of Maryland Carey School of Law is seeking a Staff Attorney to work for the Network for Public Health Law’s Eastern Region Office situated in Baltimore, Maryland. The Staff Attorney will conduct legal and social science research, including legislative coding; preparation of written responses to requests for assistance; development of toolkits, policy papers, factsheets, and other written materials; coordination and presentations at meetings and webinars; and responding to requests for technical assistance from federal, state, and local public health officials, state motor vehicle administrators, legislators and regulators, community organizations, and researchers across the country on the myriad and dynamic issues of public health. Read full posting here.
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.