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Webinars Public Health Advocacy and Decision-Making

Public Health Decision-Making During the COVID-19 Pandemic


April 23 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

Public health officials must routinely make difficult decisions to protect the public from a threat such as COVID-19. State public health codes establish the legal authority to act, but rarely provide a clear course of action about whether, when, and how to act.  Most decisions are discretionary, relying on professional judgment, subject-matter experts, and the best currently available information. Public health officials must balance competing interests to avoid acting prematurely without sufficient information or exposing the public to potential harm while obtaining and evaluating evidence that supports a particular course of action.

This webinar will provide you with:

  • A legal and ethical framework for executive decision-making, covering mandatory and discretionary actions and the exercise of professional judgement in responding to COVID-19
  • Strategies to avoid second-guessing and reduce exposure to liability based on hindsight
  • A tool for effective and ethical executive decision-making and real-time documentation of the factual basis for a decision, reflecting information available at the time the decision was made.


  • Kayleen Klarich, Marketing and Membership Manager, Network for Public Health Law — National Office


  • Peter D. Jacobson and Denise Chrysler, Co-Directors, Network for Public Health Law – Mid-States Region Office

CLEs will not be provided for this webinar.