Network Report


JLME Public Health Law Symposium Edition ― Strategies for Achieving Health Equity

Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics (JLME) ― Public Health Law Conference Supplemental

In September 2016, hundreds of officials, policymakers, lawyers, practitioners and advocates in public health and other sectors from across the country convened in Washington, D.C. for the National Public Health Law Conference. Attendees gathered to learn how law and policy can be used to improve health equity and access to care; and to examine the opportunities for, and benefits of, cross-sector collaboration. The recently published symposium edition of JLME is dedicated to examining some of the critical topics discussed at the conference. All of the articles are now available for download – here is a sampling:

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

The Link between Daily Fantasy Sports and Problem Gambling – a Public Health Concern

The federal government exempted daily fantasy sports from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006. At that time, daily fantasy sports typically involved a small group of people – usually friends or colleagues – creating a sports league in which they competed against one another. Since then however, daily fantasy sports has morphed into an entirely new sports betting industry, potentially paving a pathway to problematic gambling.


Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness Concerning Zika Virus

Zika virus continues to be a health threat in the United States and abroad. This recently updated primer outlines public health concerns related to Zika and lays out current and anticipated legal preparedness and response issues internationally and in the U.S. These include issues related to testing and screening, public health preparedness, and reproductive rights.


Housing as a Social Determinant of Health: Regulations and their Impact

Safe and healthy housing conditions are critical to ensuring healthy populations. Join us on Thursday May 18 at 1:00 p.m. ET for this webinar on the impact of housing laws and regulations on health outcomes, and how housing related legal approaches act as social determinants of health. Speakers will discuss the role of law in ensuring the availability of and access to affordable, healthy housing; and will highlight specific state and federal regulations aimed at achieving that goal.  

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Health Data Privacy in a School Setting

In an effort to better prepare teachers to respond to a student health emergency such as an asthma attack, a health care provider was considering distributing a list of students with health concerns to educators in a school setting. The health care provider reached out to the Network regarding potential privacy concerns in the keeping and distribution of such a list. The Network provided the requestor with information on the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), which would govern the potential list the requester described.

Upcoming Events

Symposium – School Nurses: Understanding Legal Strategies for Advancing a Culture of Health in Schools

Join the Network for Public Health Law, the National Association of School Nurses, and experts in the fields of public health, law and education to explore important issues related to the role of school nursing in public health. The symposium, School Nurses: Understanding Legal Strategies for Advancing a Culture of Health in Schools, will take place on Tuesday, May 9 in Baltimore, Maryland.


Assistant Chief Counsel Position at California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has an opening for an Assistant Chief Counsel. This position will supervise a team that advises the CDPH Center for Health Care Quality. The position is located in Sacramento, California and the deadline to apply is May 15, 2017.

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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.