Network Report
Thursday, June 20, 2019

What would happen to the health of millions of Americans if the Affordable Care Act were to go away? How would some of the most vulnerable populations and those on Medicaid be affected? In this webinar, experts on the ACA will consider the upcoming 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the constitutionality of the ACA and the impacts were it to be repealed.

Law and Policy Perspectives:

With Natural Disasters on the Rise, Solar Batteries Could Become Essential to Public Health and Safety

When natural disasters occur, entire electrical grid systems (including those powered by solar energy) can shut down. Solar energy stored in batteries, which operate independent of the grid, have become an increasingly important, reliable back-up system for maintaining the health and safety of communities in emergencies. Solar batteries also help reduce public health harms caused by climate change and the use of fossil fuels. 

Resources:

Data Privacy in School Nursing: Navigating the Complex Landscape of Data Privacy Laws

School nurses can play a critical role in advancing child and adolescent health — including expanding access to care for many children. In providing care, school nurses collect and are responsible for a vast amount of personal information related to students and their health. This document is designed to help school nurses understand what information they can share, when, and with whom in accordance with federal privacy laws.

Tribal Public Health Law Resource Table

Tribal governments seek to protect the health, safety and welfare of their members as a feature of their inherent sovereign authority. The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638) enables tribal governments to directly administer their own public health and other programs. Yet tribal public health laws interact in important ways with federal, state and local laws. This table lists organizations with experience in tribal and public health law.

Webinar:

Advancing the Community Health Worker Workforce through Law and Policy
TODAY: June 20, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Community health workers (CHWs) are key members of health care teams and the public health workforce. With their intimate understanding of the communities they serve, they are also uniquely suited to help address root causes of poor health. Attend this webinar to learn about legal approaches to advancing the CHW workforce and best practices for implementing CHW policies.

Worth Sharing:

Research: Association between medical cannabis laws and opioid overdose mortality has reversed over time

Previous research found a correlation at the state level between the legalization of medical marijuana (cannabis) and fewer overdose deaths, suggesting that medical marijuana may help reduce opioid related mortality. In some states, the research was cited as a reason to legalize medical marijuana or allow its use in the treatment of opioid addiction. Network Deputy Director Corey Davis is among the authors of new research that finds that medical marijuana is now correlated with more, not fewer, opioid overdose deaths, and that there is no evidence that either broader or more restrictive cannabis laws were associated with changes in opioid overdose mortality. 

Event: Olmstead at 20: The Past and Future of Community Integration

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W., the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision which held that unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities is a form of unlawful discrimination under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On August 8-9 2019, Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta will host an event highlighting the history of this groundbreaking civil rights decision, assessing the current state of compliance, and exploring a path forward, where all people with disabilities have access to the supports they need to live full and meaningful lives in the community.

Call for Papers: Academy of Food Law and Policy Annual Meeting

The Academy of Food Law and Policy (AFLP) invites papers for its program “2019 Works in Progress Workshop of Food Law and Policy” at the AFLP Annual Meeting, on December 10, 2019 hosted by Georgia State University College of Law and cosponsored by the Georgia State Center for Law, Health and Society.

Job Opportunities:

Faculty, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

The Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking applicants for two open rank, fixed-term faculty positions. Rank (which may include Professor of the Practice) will be consistent with qualifications and experience. In addition to teaching, the selected applicants would be expected to advise and mentor students (including research papers). The applicants may also have the opportunity to serve as the Health Policy Concentration Lead for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

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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.