Public health officials, attorneys, policy-makers and advocates have reached out to the Network with requests for legal assistance. Below are some of these requests and the responses given by Network attorneys. To protect privacy, names are not included in the examples. In addition, the Network will not share an example if a requestor asks for his or her request to be withheld.
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A local health department in Maryland recently asked the Network for guidance on whether state law preempted a local ordinance restricting the sale of tobacco products to minors. The issue isn’t simple or clear. While the State has the authority to preempt or preclude local jurisdictions from enacting local laws dealing with the same issue, this does not mean that counties cannot regulate in an area just because the State already has enacted a law on that issue.
A requestor recently asked the Network for information about Ohio law and the nomination and appointment process of general health district boards of health. Boards of health are an important link between public health services and a healthy community, and laws governing board structure vary from state to state.
The Network was contacted by a local public health department seeking accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The department was looking for tools to help fulfill a requirement of the accreditation process.
A public health official asked the Network for further policy information on a federal health regulation, specifically whether a local health department could qualify as a community health center by the regulations of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
A state health official inquired about specific aspects of the national accreditation process for public health agencies administered by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).
The Network received a series of requests from a public health practitioner regarding how best to pursue an open space plan and a joint use agreement in a local community.
The Network has received several requests from local, state and tribal public health officials navigating the process of their health agency receiving national accreditation.