Network Report



Current Issues in Public Health Law

Affordable Care Act and Health Disparities

A recent study found that white women appear to be surviving longer after a diagnosis of breast cancer than black women, in large part because they are receiving primary and preventive care earlier. Provisions in the Affordable Care Act that require most health insurance plans cover a critical array of women’s preventive health services without co-pays or deductibles may encourage more women to seek early preventive care.

More on how the ACA may help address health disparities.

Food Trucks and Fruit Carts: How Mobile Vending Can Improve Access to Healthy Foods

The current food truck craze has office workers around the country lining up for creative lunch fare like Korean tacos and Italian pressed sandwiches. A number of cities have implemented programs that allow mobile vendors to bring healthy eats to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food options. Local governments can use mobile vending as a tool to promote healthy eating, but there are hurdles to consider.

More on mobile vending.

Health and Transportation: Legal Gaps in Addressing Pedestrian Fatalities

Ed Christopher, Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Subcommittee on Health and Transportation, explores traffic-related pedestrian fatalities, the apparent lack of laws to address this issue and subsequent impact on efforts to create safe environments. Is this a problem for public health law?

Read more about pedestrian fatalities and share your thoughts.

Resource: The ACA and Opportunities for Health Departments

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most comprehensive national-level health reform legislation enacted in decades. While the main focus of the ACA is to improve access to, and quality of health care, the law also contains a number of provisions targeted at improving public health. Our new issue brief outlines how these ACA provisions create opportunities for health departments.

View the issue brief.

Webinar: Public Health Impact of Statewide Anti-Bullying Legislation

The CDC identifies bullying as a major public health concern. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of anti-bullying legislation to reduce bullying behaviors of youth. Our next Public Health Law Series webinar will examine the anti-bullying laws of two states: Oregon and Iowa, with a focus on the adoption and implementation of the laws, lessons learned from the field and recent research results. The webinar takes place on September 19 from 1 – 2 p.m. (ET).

Get details and register.

Ask the Experts:

Medicaid Expansion under the ACA

The Network recently received an inquiry from a local health official about Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The official asked whether the fact that many healthcare providers do not accept Medicaid will reduce the effectiveness of expanded coverage, and whether any measures are being taken to incentivize providers to accept Medicaid. The Network explained how the ACA addresses challenges to Medicaid expansion and provided a resource from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP).

Learn more about Medicaid and the ACA.

Contact the Network to get legal assistance.

Public Health Law Research

A recent study on the effectiveness of the Philadelphia Lead Court found the Court more effective at reducing the number of lead paint hazards in the city than any pre-court strategies. The study also found that compliance was eight times more likely after the Court was established, and the number of properties remediated significantly increased -- from 102 cases to 1,706 cases. Established in 2002, the innovative Philadelphia Lead Court is one of only three similar courts in the country.

View Philadelphia Lead Court Video.

Student Network Virtual Poster Session

Law and graduate school students will present recent research in public health law in the Student Network Virtual Poster Session. Join us for the webinar presentations, taking place on Wednesday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), and help us determine which student receives a scholarship to attend the 2013 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.


Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members from law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in a year-long fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming (including clinical, externship, and other experiential learning) and to build a strong learning community among faculty who teach in the public health law field.

More on the Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program.