Executive Decision Making and Liability for Public Health Officials

WebinarsPublic Health Agency, Structure, Organization and Accreditation

January 25, 2018
by Denise Chrysler

Public health officials have great discretion in carrying out their responsibilities to protect health. However, this discretion can be legally challenged by individuals, organizations, and government. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Partnership for Public Health Law, will include a discussion of the discretionary authority public health officials have in carrying out their duties, situations where use of discretion may be legally challenged, and factors the law requires to show proof of an abuse of discretion.

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Declared States of Emergency – Opioid Crisis

ToolkitEmergency Legal Preparedness and ResponseSubstance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

January 12, 2018
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

High rates of morbidity and mortality among Americans related to opioid use constitute a public health epidemic, leading multiple jurisdictions to declare formal states of emergency or public health emergency. Declaring a state of emergency grants states and localities additional resources to address the epidemic immediately.

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Employment Tax Incentives and Ex-Offender Health

Policy BriefMechanisms for Advancing Public Health

November 8, 2017
by Mathew R. Swinburne

One of the key barriers to improving the health status of ex-offenders is the inability to secure employment because of their conviction status. Unemployment is associated with a number of negative health results, including mental health issues like depression, and lack of medical coverage. This Policy Brief examines ways in which states are using tax deductions to encourage employers to hire individuals from chronically unemployed populations, including ex-offenders.

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Crafting Richer Public Health Messages — Gaining Broad Policy Support in Politically Polarized Times

Webinar SeriesPublic Health Advocacy and MessagingBecoming Better Messengers (Old Ver.)

September 17, 2017
by Colleen Healy Boufides and Gene Matthews

Designed for public health practitioners, lawyers, researchers and scientists, government and healthcare officials, and business and community leaders, this three-part webinar series, co-sponsored by the Network and the Center for Public Health Law Research, will explore the interdisciplinary messaging teamwork necessary to fashion legal and policy interventions in these politically polarized times. Using concepts and frameworks adapted from both Moral Foundations Theory and the Five Essential Public Health Law Services, the presenters will describe fresh approaches and practical examples for convincing lawmakers and the public to adopt new policies during these challenging times.

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Emergency Legal Preparedness – Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

PrimerEmergency Legal Preparedness and Response

September 8, 2017
by James G. Hodge, Jr.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have caused massive damage and displaced tens of thousands of people. Federal and state emergency declarations have been made to accelerate relief and recovery efforts through deployment of on-the ground personnel, supplies and health care to help those affected. This Primer provides a snapshot of current emergency declarations and what they authorize.

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