Network Report


Public Health and Policy Perspectives

Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts

Health impact assessments (HIAs) “bring together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to understand how a proposed plan, policy, program, project, or action could affect the public’s health.” There are opportunities to embed health considerations and HIAs into environmental policy reviews – recent reports examine these opportunities and provide real world case studies.

Cross-jurisdictional Data Sharing and Immunization Information Systems

Cross-jurisdictional data sharing requires the application of varying, and sometimes conflicting local, state and federal laws. These laws often present barriers and prevent the efficient and effective use of data to tackle important public health challenges. A national IIS cross-jurisdictional data-sharing memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been developed to help address these challenges and will be piloted in six states.

Upcoming Law Summit

Public Health Law Summit 2017 – Western Region, March 24, 2017

Sacramento, California

Join public health and legal experts, from the western region of the United States and beyond, to examine and discuss some of today’s most critical challenges in public health law and policy. Leaders in the field will present on a range of emerging issues from multiple perspectives. Designed for attorneys (CA CLE credit is available), public health practitioners and other non-attorneys interested in law and policy, attendees will expand their knowledge of key legal topics and gain skills in the use of law as a tool to improve the public’s health.

Webinar - Today at 1 p.m. ET!

Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts

Health impact assessments (HIAs) can provide decision-makers with critical information on how a proposed policy or program might affect the public’s health. This webinar examines how HIAs and related health impacts may “legally fit” with environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related state environmental policy acts (SEPAs). The webinar takes place today, Thursday, January 19 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET.

Ask the Experts

HIV Testing and Consent Laws in Arizona

A requestor from Arizona recently contacted the Network for information on the legality of testing an individual suspected of being HIV positive without his or her consent. Health care providers in Arizona must obtain informed consent prior to testing individuals for HIV, unless an exception applies.

Job Opportunities

Policy Advocate - National Health Law Program (NHeLP)

NHeLP seeks a full-time attorney or policy advocate to join its dynamic team working to ensure access to quality health care and improve the health status of low-income children. The ideal candidate will have strong research and writing skills; the ability to work individually, in coalitions and with communities of stakeholders, including communities of color; and will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of health care access and quality as they impact low-income people, particularly children. This position is funded for two years and is based at NHeLP's Carrboro, NC office.

FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened its annual application process for the Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowships in the Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) Office of Regulations. During this one-year, paid fellowship, CTP Fellows gain experience in analyzing legal, scientific, and policy issues. Candidates with expertise in administrative law issues are encouraged to apply. Fellows are awarded up to $95,000 based on salary history. The application process closes March 1.

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