Network Report



Q&A with Jane Perkins
Network Staff Attorney

As we prepare for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference featuring sessions focused on health justice, Network attorneys reflect on their work and what health justice means to them.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Q&A on Public Health Legal Implications of the Flint Water Crisis

The Flint, Michigan water crisis was a man-made disaster that resulted in the poisoning of thousands of children and adults after lead leached into the city’s drinking water; sadly, the harm to Flint residents is still impacting the community today. In this Q&A, Network senior attorney Colleen Healy Boufides, discusses a report she co-authored that examines the legal failures that lead to the crisis as well as what can be learned with regard to public health practice to protect other communities.


Fact Sheet: Indian Health Service and Military Medical Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Requirements

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) can help clinicians improve decisions regarding opioid prescribing. However, since state laws and regulations governing access to these systems often apply only to providers licensed in the states in which the PDMP is located, and many federal health care workers are not so licensed, many federal providers are not subject to requirements. This fact sheet outlines the policies of the three federal health care institutions with regard to the use of PDMPs when prescribing opioids.


Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Implications and Community Health Impacts

May 15, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

The Flint water crisis was the result of shortcomings in the structure and implementation of laws related to public health, safe drinking water, and emergency financial management. Attend this webinar to learn about the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis, the recommended changes to the relevant laws and their implementation, the ongoing public health impacts in the Flint community, as well as the community-level response to the crisis.  


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Student Immunization Records and Health Data Privacy Laws

A healthcare administrator contacted the Network asking for resources on the applicability and requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in relation to the sharing of students’ immunization information.

Worth Sharing:

Policy Surveillance Summer Institute 2018

The Policy Surveillance Program’s 2018 Summer Institute will teach policy surveillance methods during a two-day intensive training at Temple University in Philadelphia. Policy surveillance tracks public health laws and policies over time and across jurisdictions, using a rigorous scientific process to create data for evaluation and empirical research. The registration deadline is May 15.

Opioid crisis: Top doctor urges access to overdose antidote

The Network served as a source for AP reporter R.J. Rico’s article on U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ urging that more American start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone. Having access to naloxone is one of the most effective preventative measures for reducing opioid overdose deaths and most states have passed laws improving naloxone access. View the Network’s survey of these laws here.

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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.