Public Health Agency Structure, Organization and Accreditation

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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Preemption and Restricting Tobacco Sales to Minors

posted on Thu, Dec 15 2016 2:51 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

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. 

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Appointment Process for Boards of Health

posted on Tue, Apr 15 2014 2:36 pm by Mid-States Region

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.

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Public Health Department Accreditation

posted on Wed, Dec 11 2013 3:07 pm by Mid-States Region

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.

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Federally Qualified Health Centers and Local Health Departments

posted on Fri, Oct 4 2013 1:56 pm by The Network

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.

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PHAB Standards Relating to Compliance

posted on Tue, May 1 2012 10:36 pm by Southeastern Region

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).

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Creating and Protecting Community Outdoor Spaces

posted on Sun, Jan 1 2012 12:00 am by The Network

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.

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Funding Alternatives for Accreditation Programs

posted on Tue, Feb 1 2011 10:39 pm by Southeastern Region

The Network has received several requests from local, state and tribal public health officials navigating the process of their health agency receiving national accreditation.

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Consolidation and Shared Services

posted on Sat, Jan 1 2011 12:00 am by Northern Region

A local public health official and a member of a local board of health from Wisconsin contacted the Network for Public Health Law about a potential merger of public health services.

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