Network Report


"Health justice to me means the intentional dismantling of structural and policy barriers to accessing high quality and culturally competent healthcare. Insurance coverage needs to be full spectrum and provide holistic options to promote healthy behaviors while acknowledging that individuals live in communities that restrict their access to healthy foods, secure walking areas, and other protective health factors that would lead to higher quality of life." – Avery Desrosiers, Network member.

What does health justice mean to you? Share your insights and join us at the 2018 Public Health Law Conference to learn about the critical health justice issues so many of us are tackling.


Law and Policy Perspectives:

Sports Betting Coming to a State Near You! Will Problem Gambling Follow?

States have expanded legal gambling significantly over the last decade and continue to do so as they grapple with budget shortfalls, desperate to raise revenue without raising taxes. All but two states collect revenue through one or more types of gambling. The nature of gambling has changed in recent years, however, with the proliferation of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). In 2017, the DFS industry collected over $3 billion in user entry fees and generated $335 million in revenues. And now states have the opportunity to further expand permissible gambling—and state revenue—by permitting sports betting.



Issue Brief: Maternal Mortality Review Committees

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation. To combat this alarming problem, Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are gaining traction across the country as a way to closely examine, address, and make recommendations to prevent pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related deaths. This issue brief examines legislation and initiatives supporting MMRCs and the structure and processes MMRCs typically employ in the review process.



Housing Law and the Impact on Domestic Violence Survivors

August 29, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Many municipalities in the U.S. have enacted nuisance property ordinances, which can have harmful effects on victims of domestic violence. Attend this webinar to learn about the impact of housing law on domestic violence survivors, hear from speakers with experience advocating for the housing rights of domestic violence survivors, and obtain tools and strategies that can be used to provide legal protections for victims.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:

Medicaid Health Screening Benefits for Services Provided by Schools

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) is the child health component of Medicaid. EPSDT is key to ensuring that children and adolescents receive appropriate preventive, dental, mental health, and developmental, and specialty services. A requester contacted the Network to inquire about whether the cost of school-based mental health services would be covered under EPSDT.  

Worth Sharing:

State Responses to the Opioid Crisis

This paper, published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, focuses on the most common state policy responses to the opioid crisis, dividing them into six broad categories. Within each category the authors highlight the rationale behind the group of policies within it, discuss the details and support for individual policies, and explore the research base behind them.

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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.