Network Report
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Data are the lifeblood of public health practice and research. To help health agencies, organizations and collaboratives navigate laws and regulations to effectively use data in support of community health, we’re rolling out an extensive collection of resources, trainings and tools.

Tackling Tough Public Health Problems through Cross-Sector Data Collaborations

February 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Get an in-depth look at a cross-sector collaboration in Illinois between public health, law enforcement, emergency medical services, a fire department and a jail aimed at addressing the needs of high utilizers of behavioral health services.


Resource: Data De-Identification and Toolkit

With multiple tools and resources to address legal and practical considerations in using and sharing de-identified data, this toolkit is intended for a broad audience of health officials, privacy officers, public health practitioners, data managers and their attorneys.


Resource: Data and Federal Privacy Laws

This collection of 22 “snapshots” provide an overview of the basic requirements of different federal data protection laws, including FERPA and HIPAA, and is intended to help agencies and organizations better understand legal protections associated with datasets collected by federal agencies or as part of a federally funded program like Medicaid and WIC.


Save the Date: Public Health Law Summit on Data Sharing, October 3 & 4

The summit will provide attorneys, privacy officers, health officials, public health and community practitioners, and others with practical, in-depth information and tools to navigate a complex legal landscape.


Law and Policy Perspectives:

Executive Action as a Tool for Promoting Evidence-Based Public Health Decision-Making

Gubernatorial executive orders and directives can serve as powerful tools for furthering public health goals. In addition to directing public health agency activities, establishing policies and priorities, and responding to emergencies, executive orders or directives can also play a role in shaping agency culture to promote effective public health decision-making.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:

State Regulations of Hemp Products and Manufacturing

The Agricultural Improvement Act (AIA) of 2018 legalized the manufacturing of industrial hemp and its derivatives, including cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive compound that research has shown can be used to treat certain health conditions, including epileptic seizures, anxiety and insomnia. A technical assistance requester recently asked the Network for information on states’ role in regulating CBD products.


Worth Sharing:

Judicial Invalidation of the Affordable Care Act

In this guest column for JURIST, James G. Hodge, Jr., Director of the Network’s Western Region Office and the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, examines the recent court decision, Texas v. United States, invalidating the Affordable Care Act.

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.

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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.