Network Report
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Intimate partner violence (IPV) impacts millions of individuals across the United States, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education. Recent research shows that LGBTQ members fall victim to IPV at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Laws and policies that protect victims of IPV must consider the LGBTQ community.


Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community: Examining the Legal, Practical and Real World Challenges Facing Survivors

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

The webinar will focus primarily on those issues impacting the LGBTQ community in order to gain a better understanding of the current legal landscape, the status of protections for LGBTQ victims of intimate partner violence, and the practical challenges presented in serving this community.


Status of Protections in the U.S. for Victims of Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships

All states recognize married couples as a protected category under civil domestic violence laws. Other protected categories, including unmarried cohabitants, are also afforded protection under such laws. Despite a Supreme Court ruling that states must recognize same-sex marriages, many states still have statues prohibiting the recognition of same-sex relationships. This issue brief examines how a state’s approach to recognizing the marital status of same-sex couples may impact or implicate the applicability of domestic violence statutes to unmarried victims in same-sex relationships.

Law and Policy Perspectives:

Border Wall Emergency 2019: Potential Impacts on Public Health Protections

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to authorize and fund the construction of a border wall along the U.S. southern border prompted an unprecedented response from Congress, which then passed a resolution to terminate the declaration. Various parties have also filed suit to contest the declaration. Ongoing politicization and forthcoming statutory amendments or court decisions may fundamentally change the scope of national emergencies in the future.

Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction Law and Policy Update

The opioid overdose epidemic that began over two decades ago continues to impact communities across the country. In 2017 alone, more than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdose, the highest number in history. In an effort to combat the rising number of drug related deaths, states and communities have taken a number of legal and policy steps to improve access to prevention and treatment.  

Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:

State Preemption of Local E-Cigarette Ordinances

E-cigarette use among youth has soared. Roughly one in five high school and one in 20 middle school students report using e-cigarettes. In response, local communities have passed strong ordinances restricting the sale of e-cigarettes. However, some states have taken preemptive measures to limit the authority of local governments to regulate e-cigarette use.  A city health officer asked the Network for information about the current status of state preemptions of local e-cigarette ordinances.


John T. Monahan, Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives to the President of Georgetown University, is the newest member of the Network's National Advisory Board

John T. Monahan has held senior leadership roles in government, diplomacy, politics, philanthropy and academia, including the United State Department of Health and Human Services, Department of State, Capitol Hill, Clinton-Gore campaign, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  He has focused on the challenges of managing complex health, social service, and development issues and programs affecting low-income and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad.

Mini-Consultations on Health Data Sharing for Local Public Health Departments

Are there data sharing opportunities that your public health agency hasn’t explored because of concern over legal issues; or a current data sharing arrangement that you would like to see expanded but have hesitated to do so because of data and privacy concerns? Local public health agencies can apply to participate in a free mini-consultation focused on a specific data sharing use case. If your agency’s application for a mini-consultation is accepted, you will work with a multidisciplinary research team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Network for Public Health Law to address issues around your agency’s specified data sharing use case.

Job Opportunity:

Research Scholar Position(s) - Public Health Law & Policy

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is seeking applicants for the position of Research Scholar in its Center for Public Health Law and Policy(CPHLP). Candidate(s) will work full-time (or part-time, subject to availability) with a collaborative team of faculty, fellows, and students on national and regional public health law and policy projects. Candidates must have their J.D. degree from an accredited law school as well as exceptional academic credentials.

Worth Sharing:

Maker of OxyContin Agrees to $270M Settlement in Oklahoma

Purdue Pharma, the marker of the painkiller OxyContin, has agreed to pay the state of Oklahoma $270 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that the pharmaceutical company’s aggressive marketing tactics helped to create the nation’s opioid overdose crisis. This is the first settlement of the close to 2,000 lawsuits filed against the company in the U.S.  Most of the settlement will fund a new center for research, education and treatment of addiction and pain at Oklahoma State University. The settlement comes two months before Oklahoma’s 2017 lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and other drug companies was set to go to trial.

Webinar: Taking on Air Pollution: The Single Greatest Threat to Human Health

April 9, 2019, 12:00 p.m. EST (New York) | 5:00 p.m. BST (London)

There is a steadily growing number of policies and approaches addressing what the Energy Policy Institute found is the single greatest threat to human health – poor air quality. The Institute recently reported that air pollution reduces global life expectancy by nearly two years, surpassing the devastating impact of smoking, tuberculosis, or even war, while a report from The Lancet Commission found that pollution is responsible for an estimated nine million premature deaths. And this threat is not distributed equally: children and marginalized communities are disproportionately affected. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the latest evidence on the impacts of air pollution – particularly on vulnerable populations.

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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.