Network Report


Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 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.


Scott Hall, J.D., Senior Vice President for Civic and Community Initiatives at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce newest member of the Network's Advisory Board

In his role at the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Scott Hall oversees the work on the Chamber’s “Healthy KC” project, an initiative to make Greater Kansas City a destination for healthy living. With his extensive experience in tobacco policy, trauma-informed care and other critical areas, Mr. Hall will help guide the Network’s cross-sector and community health initiatives.


New HIPAA Guidance Promotes Information-Sharing to Support Recovery from Opioid Addiction

The Department of Health and Human Services has released new guidelines that clarify when and how healthcare providers can share information with family members, friends and legal representatives of those who are suffering from opioid addiction. 


Overdose Reporting Requirements

As powerful synthetic opioids become more available, it is imperative that health departments and other relevant actors are provided with accurate, timely and actionable information on both fatal and non-fatal overdose.


Crafting Richer Public Health Messages (Part Three): Lessons and Examples for State and Local Advocacy 

December 14, 1 - 2:30 p.m. EST

In this webinar, the presenters will offer practical examples of how public health issues have been effectively communicated across party lines in the politically divided state of North Carolina. 


Minnesota Law Regarding the Use of Cannabidiol (Hemp) Oil for Medical Purposes

A medical practitioner recently contacted the Network with a question regarding whether hemp oil was legal in Minnesota and if he could have it available in his clinic for his patients.

Worth Sharing:
Overdose Prevention, Naloxone and Human Rights in the United States

This report from Human Rights Watch explores measures required for an effective program to prevent opioid overdose deaths and current legal, policy and other challenges to be addressed. The Network’s analysis of states’ naloxone access and Good Samaritan laws is included in this report.

Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health

Network attorneys co-authored this report released by the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins University. It provides public health departments with valuable information on ways to access and make use of data from hospitals to address childhood asthma and outlines important aspects of HIPAA Privacy requirements.

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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.