Network Report
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Declining vaccination rates in the U.S. along with outbreaks of once well-controlled diseases, like measles and mumps, are critical public health concerns. In this webinar, presenters will discuss vaccination mandates and exemptions for institutions of higher learning; California’s law eliminating personal-belief exemptions; and a real-world public health response to communicable disease outbreaks within a community and a federal detention facility. 

Law and Policy Perspectives:

The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative Provides a Blueprint for Improving Medicaid Prenatal Care

Timely, evidence-based prenatal care dramatically improves health outcomes for pregnant women as well as their babies. The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative is a promising development for improving prenatal care in the Medicaid population. The four-year initiative tested new approaches of prenatal care delivery in part by increasing funding to test the effectiveness of three enhanced prenatal care models: Maternity Care Homes, Group Prenatal Care and Birth Centers. 

 
Ebola Outbreak 2018-2019: An Escalating Health Crisis

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is experiencing its 10th outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). As of January 2, 2019, 608 individuals have been infected, 368 of whom have died. Already, the outbreak is the “second-deadliest and second-largest in history.” Federal, state, tribal, and local governments should stay well informed of outbreak developments and should review their plans and procedures for response to the potential spread of EVD to the U.S.

Resources:

Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness Concerning Ebola

This primer provides key information on the 2018-2019 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including international response efforts, U.S. preparedness and response, an outliine of the major legal challenges, and emergency legal preparedness resources. The primer will be updated regularly as needed as circumstances develop.

Worth Sharing:

The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act - What Will It Mean for the Opioid-Overdose Crisis?

In October 2018, against the backdrop of the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, President Trump signed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. Among its most important provisions were those intended to increase access to evidence-based treatment and follow-up care, particularly for pregnant women, children, people in rural areas, and people in recovery from Substance Use Disorder. In this article published in the January issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Corey Davis, Deputy Director of the Network’s Southeastern Region Office, discusses the law and whether it has the potential to impact the ever-growing crisis. 

40 under Forty in Public Health

The de Beaumont Foundation is seeking nominations for its list of “40 Under 40 in Public Health.” Candidates can be nominated by a supervisor or colleague, and self-nominations are also accepted. The Foundation is looking for candidates who recognize that health is more than healthcare and who are showing leadership in making communities healthier. The application deadline is February 28, 2019.

CDC Externships in Public Health Law

The CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) offers externships in public health law, tribal public health, and administration and communications. The externships consist of 9–14 weeks of professional work experience with PHLP in Atlanta, Georgia. With rolling start and completion dates during the academic year, unpaid externships must qualify for academic credit as authorized by law and public health schools. Applications for summer 2019 positions are due by January 31, 2019. 

Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times

The APHA Policy Action Institute is holding a day of discussions about the critical public health issues facing the nation. The day of discussions will feature 21 speakers, including former U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Steve Clemons, editor at large of The Atlantic, and Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Job Opportunity:

Director of Tobacco Policy and Programming

The New York City Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control is hiring an Executive Agency Counsel/Director of Tobacco Policy and Programming. The Bureau spearheads programs and initiatives to reduce the burden of chronic diseases by addressing underlying risk factors, such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use -- while also working to leverage clinical tools and settings to promote public health. The deadline for applying is January 30, 2019.

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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.