Network Report


Current Issues in Public Health Law

Willingness to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: The Role of Law

Responding to Ebola and other health emergencies represents a challenge for medical personnel as well as the public health system – including the public health legal system. Among other factors, an effective response requires that public health officials have needed authority to act and that first responders are willing to put themselves at risk.

More on public health emergency response.

Interpersonal Violence, HIV Prevention and the ACA

Women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) are four times more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases than women in non-violent relationships. Similarly, the rate of IPV among women already living with HIV is more than double the national rate. The new tools in the Affordable Care Act that offer protections for individuals experiencing IPV may also help address the risk for HIV infection.

Read about IPV and the ACA’s preventive requirements.

New Resources

Ebola Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response FAQs

This new resource provides answers to frequently asked questions about U.S. legal preparedness and response concerning Ebola, including screening and quarantine measures; federal, state and local powers; as well as legal protections for affected individuals and hospital workers.

View/download the resource.

Webinar: Alcohol Law and Policy: Lessons Learned from the Field

Join the Network for a webinar exploring evidence-based policy options to address excessive alcohol use. Learn how the privatizing of alcohol sales impact consumption, and the challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of policies to address binge drinking and other negative health impacts. There is no cost to attend the webinar, which takes place on Thursday, November 20 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for Alcohol Law and Policy webinar.

Public Health Law Research: Recreational Marijuana Laws

In 2012, Colorado and Washington State enacted laws that legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes. A new dataset from Public Health Law Research provides detailed information from the states’ laws, including which state agency regulates recreational marijuana, sale and possession restrictions, what tax rates are applied, licensing for retailers and cultivators, and other issues surrounding recreational marijuana.

View Recreational Marijuana Laws.

Ask the Experts

Oral Health Risk Assessments for Children

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is the most common chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., and can lead to serious health complications. The Network was recently contacted by a manager at a company that provides dental health services in rural areas who asked for information on guidance or policy on mandatory oral health risk assessments for kids entering kindergarten. 

Read more on oral health assessments.

Connect with the Network at APHA Annual

If you’re attending the APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, be sure to stop by the Network booth at the Public Health Expo to meet Network staff and pick up some helpful resources. We’re also sponsoring the Law Section Reception, and a number of our attorneys will be presenting in sessions.

See Network activities and download a list of all public health law sessions at APHA.