Network Report


Abstract Submission Deadline is December 31!

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your work and connect with practitioners, policymakers, lawyers, advocates and researchers working on the critical issues that impact the health of our communities.


Tax Incentives for Public Health Series

Tax incentives can be an effective legal intervention for advancing the public’s health. We’re launching a series of resources examining how tax credits and tax deductions are being used in innovative ways to support public health initiatives like healthy housing and smoke-free policies. Our first resource in the series explores a key barrier to improving the health status of ex-offenders: the inability to secure employment because of conviction status. Tax incentives for hiring members of this vulnerable population are an interesting legal intervention.

Q&A: Tax Incentives as a Tool to Promote Public Health
Policy Brief: Employment Tax Incentives and Ex-Offender Health


Law and Policy Perspective:
The Negative Impacts of Eliminating ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

Nearly 4.7 million Americans, including 1.3 million new enrollees, signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and polling indicates the public has a favorable opinion of the law. Yet, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration continue to put individual pieces of the legislation at risk of elimination.


Public Health Decision Making Tool

Health officials and boards of health have a duty to protect the public’s health and a great amount of discretion in how they fulfill this duty. This tool provides a checklist of key questions for public health decision-makers and practitioners to consider in making a decision whether to act or to wait based on information known at the time.


Executive Decision Making and Liability for Public Health Officials

January 25, 1:00 -2:30 p.m. EST

Co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Partnership for Public Health Law, this webinar will include a discussion of the discretionary authority public health officials have in carrying out their duties, situations where use of discretion may be legally challenged, and factors the law requires to show proof of an abuse of discretion.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Early Childhood Education Laws and Policies

Research shows that early childhood education can have a big impact on helping kids develop their full potential and get a head start on living healthier lives. The Network was recently asked to provide recommendations on published research articles, policy statements or briefs, fact sheets, or other published material assessing laws or policies that implement universal early childhood education.

Worth Sharing:
Where Next For Opioids And The Law? Despair, Harm Reduction, Lawsuits, And Regulatory Reform

Given that most states now have adopted some version of Good Samaritan, naloxone access, and PDMP laws, where do lawmakers go next? Scott Burris, Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University, offers a few options.

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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.