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Webinars Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response

Preventing Communicable Disease through Vaccination Laws

January 31, 2019


Vaccines can be critical in creating an equitable health environment for children and young adults in the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases. However, declining vaccination rates in the U.S. along with outbreaks of once well-controlled diseases like measles and mumps, are cause for concern. 

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the use of vaccine mandates to reduce and prevent communicable disease, focusing on:

  • An examination of vaccination mandates and exemptions for institutions of higher learning;
  • A review of the Disneyland outbreak in late 2014 as the impetus for California’s SB 277, the resulting legal challenges, and a snapshot of where the state is now in regards to the bill’s implementation;
  • A local public health practitioner’s reaction to communicable disease outbreaks within a community and federal detention facility, including the coordination and challenges that arise during such response.


  • Chelsea Gulinson, Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Western—Region Office


  • Leila Barraza, Consultant, Network for Public Health Western—Region Office and Assistant Professor, Department of Community, Environment, & Policy at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona.
  • Kore Redden, Bio-Defense Preparedness and Response Administrator at Pinal County Public Health Services District, Florence, Arizona
  • Nancy Barrera, Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Services, California Department of Public Health

You may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request. An email from ASLME regarding CLE credits will be sent to attendees following the webinar.