Network Report
Thursday, June 6, 2019

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.

Law and Policy Perspectives:

Public Health Law News Round-Up - May 2019

Public health law and policy stories that made headlines recently include the impact of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on food insecurity in the U.S.; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ rule allowing health workers to opt out of procedures they object to for religious or personal reasons; a precedent-setting ruling mandating addiction treatment for a prison inmate; racial disparities in pregnancy-related deaths; warning labels on sugary drinks; and Washington state’s public insurance offering.


Collaborative Practice as a Strategy for Increasing Access to Oral Health Care in Minnesota

Oral health in the United States has improved substantially in recent decades, but inequities still exist. For many, particularly those in rural areas, shortages of dental care providers create an added barrier to obtaining care. To address the unequal distribution of care, states have begun to increase oral health care access through innovations in the oral health workforce. This Issue Brief focuses on collaborative practice models as a strategy to increase access to oral health care for underserved communities in Minnesota.

Medicaid Reimbursement for Non-Individualized Education Program School Nursing Services

Medicaid is a significant payer for child and adolescent health care in the United States, covering 36 percent of school aged children. School nursing is an important resource for school children to access health care and preventive health services, yet few state laws specifically provide for Medicaid coverage for school nursing services not provided in accordance with a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). This fact sheet provides examples of ways that states have chosen to address Medicaid billing for school nursing, highlighting the need for states to consider expanding Medicaid coverage for school nursing services by amending state laws.

Undocumented Immigrants and Patient Privacy Laws

Concern over immigration enforcement can prevent immigrants from obtaining needed health care. Many immigrants worry that health workers will share their undocumented status with immigration authorities. Removing barriers to immigrants’ utilization of preventative and other health care services is important for public health. This issue brief explores relevant federal and state health privacy laws and how they apply to undocumented immigrants and provides information on health care providers’ rights and responsibilities when providing health care to immigrants.

Worth Sharing:

'Well' Explores The Social and Political Underpinnings of Health

In his recently published book, Well: What We Need To Talk About When We Talk About Health, Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University School of Public Health and keynote speaker at the Network’s 2018 Public Health Law Conference, argues that as a society, we’ve been thinking about health the wrong way. This book review provides insight into Dr. Galea’s key assertion: that the focus on personal choice as the key driver for health is misguided, and that the factors that shape health, including the social, economic and environmental conditions we live in must be at the heart of the conversation on health.

Webinar: Using Law and Policy to Promote Health Equity and Achieve Healthy People Goals
Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT

Hosted by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) as part of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy Project, this webinar will focus on how evidence-based legal and policy approaches can advance health equity and create lasting changes that help every American live a long, healthy life. Attendees will also hear from a community that has successfully used law and policy to move the needle on health equity and address pressing public health challenges.

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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.