Racial Residential Segregation and Health Justice: Public Health Impacts of Housing Policies in the United States

VideoHealthy and Affordable HousingNeighborhood and Built Environment

June 4, 2020
by Charles Truong

Public health, legal and housing experts -- including Dr. Sandro Galea, professor and dean at the Boston University School of Public Health – share their insights on housing inequities and the racist laws and policies that enabled segregation and steered resources away from poor neighborhoods – and how these factors contribute today to poor health outcomes for people of color. To effectively tackle health justice issues, it’s necessary to trace disparities back to their root causes, where racism serves as the epicenter.

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Legality of Dispensing and Administering Expired Naloxone in Georgia

Fact SheetSubstance Use Prevention and Harm ReductionHarm Reduction Legal Project ResourcesHarm Reduction Legal ProjectOpioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention

June 4, 2020
by Amy Lieberman and Corey Davis

While states have passed various laws designed to increase access to naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication, none explicitly address the legality of dispensing naloxone that is past its expiration date. This fact sheet discusses whether Georgia laws forbid the prescription, dispensing, distribution, possession, or administration of expired naloxone and whether such actions impact the risk of civil liability for medical professionals who prescribe or dispense naloxone or laypeople who distribute or administer it.

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Michigan Laws Related to Right of a Minor to Obtain Health Care without Consent or Knowledge of Parents

Issue BriefHealth Information and Data SharingMichigan

May 29, 2020
by Denise Chrysler

This document summarizes the rights of minors to consent to various types of health care without the consent or knowledge of their parents. It also covers whether the law permits information concerning the minor’s health care to be shared with the parent. Though the details of this document apply only in Michigan, the legal provisions likely have counterparts in other states. Lawyers in other states may have developed, or could develop, comparable summaries for their states. You may wish to talk with your attorney, or visit the Public Health Lawyer Directory to find a public health attorney in your state.

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COVID-19: Navigating Public Health Emergency Legal Responses Underlying Re-opening State/Local Economies

WebinarsCOVID-19Emergency Legal Preparedness and ResponseEmergency Response

May 28, 2020
by James G. Hodge, Jr. and Sarah Wetter

This webinar will focus on emerging constitutional and other legal and policy challenges to state and local efforts to re-open their economies despite concerns of public health officials and health care practitioners over the potential for significant impacts on communal health.

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