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Upcoming Webinars

Environmental Noise: Public Health Effects and Legal Remedies

The next webinar in the Public Health Law Series explores why environmental noise is increasingly becoming a public health issue and which legal tools may be best suited to address it. Presenters will discuss how federal, state and local government can use their authority to protect the public from dangerous levels of noise. The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 20 at 1 p.m. ET.

Learn more about this free webinar and register.

Federal Grants Management for Public Health Organizations

A new two-part webinar series presented by ChangeLab Solutions aims to help health agencies and organizations navigate the confusing terrain of Federal grants. Attendees will learn about best-practice grant management procedures, proper and accurate reporting, the basic fundamentals of federal regulations and more. The webinars will occur on June 19, 2013 and July 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET.

New Legal Resource: Indiana Public Health Authorities

Indiana’s public health laws are carried out at the state level by the State Department of Health Services and at the local level by boards of health and local and tribal health departments. Our new resource provides an overview of the legal authority for each of the various Indiana health agencies to carry out broad public health functions.

View the Indiana Public Health Authorities Fact Sheet.

From the Public Health Law Blog

Actually, It Can’t Wait — Limiting Cell Phone Use While Driving

Drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs while driving are prohibited because of clear public safety implications. Why should drivers be allowed to use cellular devices if they pose similar risks? Many state and local law and policy-makers suggest they should not, but current laws are minimally enforced. How can laws address public health challenges posed by new technology?

Read more.

Q&A: Preventing Opioid Overdose Mortality through Law

Prescription opioids such as oxycodone and methadone now kill more Americans each year than heroin and cocaine combined. Corey Davis, Staff Attorney with the Network’s Southeastern Region and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), explains how legal amendments designed to facilitate access to naloxone — a drug that reliably and effectively reverses opioid overdose — can have the potential to save lives.

Read the Q&A.

Public Health Law Research (PHLR)

PHLR Releases New Book: “Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods”

Public Health Law Research is a growing field dedicated to measuring and studying the positive and negative impact laws can have on public health. PHLR’s recently released book explores the mechanisms, theories and models central to this research, and helps shed light on the relationship between health and law.

Learn more about the book “Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods.”

PHLR Opens Fifth Call for Proposals

PHLR recently opened its fifth call for proposals (CFP) for research focusing on the impact of laws and policies on public health. PHLR will fund studies no more than 18 months long at up to $150,000 each. The deadline for proposals is July 24, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Detailed instructions outlining requirements and deadlines available here.

Ask the Experts:

HIPAA Business Associate Agreement Provisions

The Network recently assisted a public health official with questions related to HIPAA and business associate agreements. In addition to providing a number of resources, the Network also informed the official that any HIPAA compliant business associate agreement that existed prior to January 25, 2013 are provided with an additional one-year transition period beyond the compliance date of the revisions to the HIPAA rules and, therefore, covered entities that meet this criterion will have until September 22, 2014 to amend their business associate agreements and memorandum of understanding.

Resources are available here.

Contact the Network to get legal assistance.

Network People

Monica Hammer is a Visiting Attorney with the Network’s Mid-States Region. Before joining the Network, Monica tackled community health issues in the City of Chicago as a legislative assistant for an Alderman. Focusing on nursing home reform in partnership with county, state and federal government, she obtained funding for, monitored and evaluated a pilot program that created a cost savings of over $60,000 per patient. As a result, she helped eliminate over $7 million of costs to government in the course of one year. Prior to her municipal experience, she worked at a law firm and at Legal Aid.

Monica recently authored a blog post about the regulation of nanoparticles and implications for public health.

Read Monica's blog post.

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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.