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Current Issues in Public Health Law

Medicaid Expansion Could Provide More Health Coverage for Those with HIV

Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), low-income people living with HIV faced multiple roadblocks to receiving adequate and affordable health care. Under the ACA, low-income adults may be eligible for more benefits in states that expand Medicaid.

Read more about health care coverage for those with HIV.

Addressing Bed Bugs through Law: Challenges and Limitations

Bed bugs are a real problem, but they aren't considered a public nuisance because they don't transmit or spread disease and do not cause damage to structures. When bed bugs invade rental housing, tenants and landlords must rely on private legal remedies in dealing with their removal -- only a handful of states have specific laws that address bed bug infestations.

Read more about bed bugs and the law

Acculturation and Latino Immigrant’s Health

Many Latino immigrants arrive in the U.S. with healthy eating habits, but the acculturation process causes them to abandon these habits and switch to unhealthy food options. This dietary shift is linked to two key factors, and laws and policies can have an impact.

Read more about Latino immigrant health.

Public Health Law Conference: Intersection of Law, Policy and Prevention

Session tracks and topics have been posted for the 2014 Public Health Law Conference, which will gather public health and legal experts from across the country to examine and discuss today’s critical public health concerns. The conference will take place October 16 and 17 in Atlanta, GA.

See full list of sessions and register .

Resource: Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements

Many local health departments are exploring innovative ways to improve efficiency, meet accreditation standards, and reduce costs by sharing service delivery and other functions with other local health departments, agencies and entities. One method for this cross-jurisdictional collaboration is the utilization of interlocal agreement acts. This Network’s Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements resource provides a survey of laws currently in effect in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

View the resource.

Ask the Experts:

Legal Requirements and Services Available to Immigrant Populations

The Network was recently contacted by a city official who wanted to know what housing, medical, and public services are available to immigrants — including undocumented individuals — in her state. The Network provided the official with a comprehensive resource on legal requirements and services available to immigrant populations.

Read more about this issue and view resources.

Upcoming Webinars

HIPAA and Public Health – Recent Developments

In this webinar offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Network, Iliana L. Peters, Health Information Privacy Specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, will discuss recent enforcement and policy development with regard to HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification rules, as well as new areas of focus in health privacy and security and business associate relationships under the recently promulgated HIPAA Omnibus Rule. This webinar takes place on February 3.

Learn more and register for HIPAA Webinar.

Blocked Shots: Examining the Basis, Nature and Public Health Impact of Vaccine Exemption Laws

This Webinar examines the legal and ethical basis for vaccination requirements, reviews a recent assessment of how non-medical vaccination exemption laws impact the annual incidence rates of vaccine-targeted diseases, and explores how states are changing their vaccine exemption laws. Webinar takes place on February 19.

Learn more and register for Vaccine Exemption Laws Webinar.

Public Health Law Research

Public Health Law Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released its sixth call for proposals on studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies son public health. Up to $150,000 is available for studies up to 18 months long and a total of $1.25 million is available to fund short-term studies. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more about PHLR call for proposals.

Student Network

Webinar: Exploring and Understanding the Role of Public Health Law Research

Join the Student Network for an introductory webinar on public health law research, featuring Jennifer Ibrahim, Ph.D., M.P.H., a methods core member of Public Health Law Research at Temple University. Webinar takes place on January 31.

Learn more and register for Public Health Law Research Webinar.


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