Gun violence is a public health problem that claims more than 30,000 lives and causes 70,000 to 80,000 serious non-fatal injuries in the United States each year. How did our nation do in meeting the challenge of gun violence through legal approaches in 2013? It’s a mixed report card.
Technological advances have made driverless cars seem like a possibility in the not so distant future. Several states already have laws that specifically allow and regulate autonomous vehicles. How will the technology change vehicle and traffic safety laws? And how will the cars impact efforts to increase healthier modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation?
In this Q&A, Mary Crossley, Professor of Law and former Dean at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law helps us understand the Affordable Care Act’s community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirement and how it might foster collaboration between local health departments and hospitals.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has only begun and many aspects of the law remain confusing to consumers and providers. How the public health law community is navigating the ACA, and the resources available to help individuals and organizations.
According to the new Surgeon General's Report, tobacco control is one of the public health community’s greatest successes, but efforts have stalled.
Legal approaches to address bed bugs in rental housing have been pursued at the federal, state and local level; however, there are no studies to evaluate the effectiveness of these approaches.
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, low income people living with HIV had a difficulties in accessing the care they need. Medicaid expansion in several states and federal subsidies available to help purchase health insurance are helpful measures, but gaps in coverage still remain.
For many Latino immigrants, the acculturation process in the U.S. brings unhealthy eating habits, and greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions.
The use and sharing of health information is governed by state and federal laws, which can vary widely between jurisdictions. Public health practitioners often have difficulty knowing whether health information is being shared appropriately and in compliance with the law. A new Network tool can help.
The New York City Board of Health recently voted to begin requiring children under age 5 in city-licensed preschools and day care centers to be vaccinated against seasonal flu. The new requirement has sparked a national debate over mandatory childhood immunization.