Integration of dental care with medical care is widely supported. Experts from both fields suggest that increased collaboration would lead to better care and a more satisfactory patient experience at a lower cost. However, efforts to build collaborative care partnerships or inter-professional teams between the small private practices that deliver dental care and the large health care systems presents several challenges. This issue brief summarizes the emergence of new conceptual frameworks for medical-dental integration, and briefly describes the need to address persistent practical and legal barriers to integration.
This Primer on Opioid-related Public Health Emergencies provides key information and visual snapshots of federal, state, tribal, and local emergency declarations in response to the opioid crisis across the U.S.
This primer provides key information on the 2018-2019 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including international response efforts, U.S. preparedness and response, an outline of the major legal challenges, and emergency legal preparedness resources. The primer will be updated regularly as needed as circumstances develop.
Fire departments across the nation work to put out fires and to rescue building occupants. This report addresses whether the U.S. holds nonprofit organizations, volunteer organizations, local governments, or fire departments liable for damage that are caused by a fire that occurred after the organization installed smoke alarms.
Increasing solar energy production can reduce public health harms caused by climate change and the combustion of fossil fuels, including increased incidence of asthma and cardiovascular disease and exposure to contaminants in drinking water leaching from coal ash storage facilities. Solar power can also increase community resilience to natural disasters and other energy interruptions. This Quick Reference resource provides an overview of the legal strategies that have been implemented by communities to promote renewable energy and equitable public health outcomes.
This resource is a compilation of state Boating Under the Influence laws and summarizes provisions related to requirements for intoxication testing, as well as the type of penalties they assess.
Tribal governments seek to protect the health, safety and welfare of their members as a feature of their inherent sovereign authority. The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638) brought a new era of Federal support for tribal governments directly administering their own public health and other programs. As such, tribal public health laws interact in important ways with federal, state and local laws. This table lists organizations with experience in tribal and public health law, including epidemiology centers, and academic, non-profit and public or legal services organizations."
School nurses can play a critical role in advancing child and adolescent health — including expanding access to care for many children. In providing care, school nurses collect and are responsible for a vast amount of personal information related to students and their health. This document is designed to help school nurses understand what information they can share, when, and with whom in accordance with federal privacy laws.
Medicaid is a significant payer for child and adolescent health care in the United States, covering 36 percent of school aged children. School nursing is an important resource for school children to access health care and preventive health services, yet few state laws specifically provide for Medicaid coverage for school nursing services not provided in accordance with a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). This fact sheet provides examples of ways that states have chosen to address Medicaid billing for school nursing, highlighting the need for states to consider expanding Medicaid coverage for school nursing services by amending state laws.
Concern over immigration enforcement can prevent immigrants from obtaining needed health care. Many immigrants worry that health workers will share their undocumented status with immigration authorities. Removing barriers to immigrants’ utilization of preventative and other health care services is important for public health. This issue brief explores relevant federal and state health privacy laws and how they apply to undocumented immigrants and provides information on health care providers’ rights and responsibilities when providing health care to immigrants.