Network Report


Pre-Conference workshops announced for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference: Public Health Law Academy – Train the Trainer, Hands-On Methods Training in Policy Surveillance: A Crash Course in Legal Mapping Techniques and Tools, Student Network: Career Paths in Public Health Law and Policy, Sharing Data Across Sectors to Improve the Health of Communities, and Public Health Law in a Nutshell: Pillars, Policies, Practices. Learn more and register now to secure your spot - space is limited.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Integrating Trauma-Informed Practices Across State Government: The Wisconsin Way

A growing body of research establishes that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may negatively affect health and well-being throughout a person’s life span. The impact of ACEs, however, can be ameliorated by trauma-informed practices, such as through early childhood interventions that mitigate social and environmental risks for families and promote resilience. Wisconsin has been a leader in integrating trauma-informed policy across its state government.


Bed Bugs – They're Still Here

A recent $3.5-million jury verdict awarded to residents of a bed-bug infested apartment complex in Los Angeles illuminates issues raised by many bed bug cases, including whether the burden to eliminate bed bugs should be placed on landlords or tenants; whether current state laws and local ordinances are effective in addressing bed bug issues and affording relief to victims; and whether these laws encourage productive behavior by landlords and tenants.


Issue Brief: Fatal Overdose Review Panels – Overview of Laws in Six States

In the rapidly shifting contours of the opioid crisis, it is vital that governments, clinicians and the public have access to timely, comprehensive data on overdose deaths. Unfortunately, such data are rarely available. A handful of states have established bodies that specifically review overdose deaths to provide additional data and, typically, make recommendations for policy improvements. This brief explains and contrasts the specifics of panels in the six states that have established them.


Medicaid and Work Requirements: Has Kentucky Gone Too Far?

February 22, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Having received federal approval for an 1115 waiver, Kentucky plans to require Medicaid beneficiaries to work in order to receive coverage. The approval also imposes premiums on very low income people and introduces other eligibility requirements that previous Administrations have refused. This webinar will provide legal and policy information on 1115 waivers, Kentucky’s waiver, and details on a lawsuit that is challenging the waiver.   


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Public Health Resolutions for Rural Communities

A policy analyst for a local health district contacted the Network for assistance in researching model health resolutions. Reviewing examples of resolutions is an excellent way for local boards of health and local governments to benefit from the knowledge and experience of other communities and public health leaders. In the course of the Network’s research to collect sample resolutions, several categories of resolutions emerged.

Worth Sharing:
FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

Designed for mid-career professionals, this fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in Maryland. Fellows will be placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science. Application open until March 1.

Policy Surveillance Summer Institute

The Policy Surveillance Program is holding its 3rd Annual Policy Surveillance Summer Institute June 7-8 in Philadelphia. Attendees will learn introductory and advanced policy surveillance methods and how they may be applied to research and practice. 

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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.