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Scholars in Residence

Six scholars were recently chosen for the Scholars in Residence fellowship program, which connects law academicians to public health agencies, and utilizes their legal expertise to tackle critical public health issues. The scholars will work with local and state health departments on projects addressing disease-spreading insects, surveillance of viruses, chronic diseases, in-home health care, tobacco products and tuberculosis.

Learn more about the program, the scholars and their projects.

The Network Responds: The Public Health Legal Implications for Emergency Preparedness

In response to the destruction caused by a tornado that ripped through multiple counties and Oklahoma City, Governor Mary Fallin issued an Executive Order to declare a State of Emergency in Oklahoma. The Network’s Western Region Practice Director Cliff Rees was deployed to the affected areas as part of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team. The Western Region Office is continuing to follow specific public health legal implications related to this disaster and welcomes any questions or updates as they arise.

Learn more about legal emergency preparedness and our assistance capacity.

Environmental Noise: Public Health Affects and Legal Remedies

Excessive environmental noise can contribute to an array of health issues including heart disease and hearing loss. Join us for the next public health law series webinar “Environmental Noise: Public Health Effects and Legal Remedies” on Thursday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Presenters will discuss how federal, state and local government can protect the public from dangerous noise levels.

Learn more about the webinar.

Several municipal and county actions have taken place across the country to address the issue of noise pollution. Our new National Survey of State and Local Noise Activity lists over 100 municipal and county developments across the country related to noise pollution in the last six months, and amplifies the idea that noise is a pervasive issue that local government has experienced challenges in addressing.

View the National Survey of State and Local Noise Activity.

Ohio Public Health Authorities

Several Ohio laws protect the population from injury, disease, disability and death. Ohio public health authority is exercised at the state level by the Department of Health and the Director of Health, and at the local level by local boards of health and health commissioners. Our new Fact Sheet outlines the legal authority of various Ohio public health entities and their particular functions.

View Ohio Health Authorities Fact Sheet.

Ask the Experts:

Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

The Network recently received a request from a state official for any relevant resources on implementing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax. The official hoped to gather information about what legislation other states have implemented to better inform the pursuit of such legislation in her state.

The Network discussed the requester’s concerns with her and provided several resources on beverage taxes, including an Overview of Beverage Taxes from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity; a Policy Brief on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity; a Fact Sheet on Passing a Local Soda Tax in California from ChangeLab Solutions; and the text of the current California bill (SB 622) proposing a tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages.

Contact the Network to get legal assistance.

The Public Health Implications of Nanoparticle Regulations

Nanoparticles are intentionally engineered particles designed at the atomic and molecular scale. They are incredibly versatile, and offer limitless possibilities for innovation. But these innovations are not without risk. Given their tiny size, nanoparticles can be transported to places in the human body in new ways. The knowledge to provide a proper human risk impact assessment on nanoparticles is largely unavailable, leaving regulators unable to address the issue. Network Visiting Attorney Monica Hammer explores this issue in her latest blog post.

Read more.

New Public Health Law Research Studies

Two new Public Health Law Research studies published in the American Journal of Public Health examine the impact of laws on reducing lead hazards and youth sports concussions. Both studies look at current laws and reveal where they are successful, and where they fall short in protecting the public’s health.

Read more about Philadelphia Lead Court study.
Read more about youth sports concussions study.

Health Law & Policy Summer Institute

The Sixth Annual Health Law & Policy Summer Institute will run from June 17-28, 2013 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. The flexible curriculum offers day and evening courses on public health, health care, and global health law. Courses are open to law students and professionals, and some courses are open to non-attorneys. The Network’s Cristina Meneses will be teaching Law and Politics of Health Insurance from June 24-27. Register by June 1. For more information, email Matt Pierce or phone at 202-895-4518.

Learn more about the Health Law & Policy Summer Institute.

Network People

Jill Krueger, J.D., is a senior attorney with the National Coordinating Center and Northern Region of the Network for Public Health Law. She specializes in providing legal technical assistance, building relationships and fostering connections among public health leaders across the country, and creating practical legal tools and training to assist practitioners, attorneys and advocates in crafting public health solutions. Jill has a particular interest in promoting the use of food and agricultural laws (including nutrition, farm safety net, conservation, rural development, and research programs) to better support health at the population level. Before joining the Network, Jill served as a senior staff attorney at Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), a national nonprofit law center that provides legal services to family farmers and rural communities. Jill also served as principal investigator in a healthy eating research project that analyzed the potential for agricultural law to contribute to public health.

Read more about Jill.


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The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.