Network Report

12/11/14

Current Issues in Public Health Law

Science over Fear is Lesson of Nurse’s Ebola Story

According to Robert Gatter, Professor of Law at the Center for Health Law Studies at Saint Louis University, nurse Kaci Hickox’s story is a cautionary tale for those charged with protecting the public’s health from infectious diseases like Ebola.

More on Ebola response and science-based policies.

Community Health Workers Credentialing

Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a critical role in health care and social services delivery. CHW credentialing initiatives help establish quality standards of knowledge and performance, and create a cohesive occupational identity.

Learn about CHW credentialing.

New Resources: Opioid Overdose Prevention

Naloxone Access Laws for Emergency Medical Services

In many opioid overdose situations, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a crucial source for the administration of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.  This resource provides an overview of relevant laws and regulations for EMS naloxone access in all 50 states, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico.

View/download EMS naloxone resource.

Pharmacy Naloxone Distribution Issue Brief

Public health practitioners are seeking new ways to make naloxone more available. Some jurisdictions have created new programs with pharmacies to provide naloxone as an over the counter drug. This issue brief explores the legal mechanisms of enabling enhanced pharmacy naloxone distribution, and helps public health practitioners, prescribers and pharmacy managers understand key legal issues.

View/download the issue brief.

First Complete Model Pool Code

The CDC recently launched the nation’s first voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices for improving health and safety at swimming pools and other aquatic venues: The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries.

Access the MAHC code and supporting materials.

Webinar: Ebola and Global Health Law

It’s not too late to register for today’s webinar, taking place at 3 p.m. ET. Lawrence O. Gostin, Professor of Global Health Law and Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University, will discuss international and U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, and examine the gaps and challenges currently existing in a global preparedness and response system.

Register for the webinar.

Public Health Law Research

The public health effects of laws on issues such as e-cigarettes, fracking, concussions in youth sports and school vaccination requirements will be investigated through nine new research projects funded by PHLR. The projects include short-term and time-sensitive studies on specific laws or regulations and the development of legal datasets. PHLR is also funding two mapping studies, one on how states are addressing workplace wellness laws and a second tracking health issues in oil and gas development.

Visit the PHLR website to learn more about the projects.

Conference on Law and Ethics of Those with Special Needs

This conference will explore the dynamic relationship between law and ethics as it relates to those with special needs. Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge to care for some of our most vulnerable citizens. The conference takes place February 18 – 20, 2015 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Get details and registration information.

2014 Public Health Law Conference Materials

At the October Public Health Law Conference in Atlanta, over 100 public health practitioners, attorneys and advocates presented on topics such as health information data sharing, public health emergency preparedness, health reform, tobacco regulation, and childhood obesity. Presentation materials are now available on the conference website for download.

Visit Public Health Law Conference website.

Network People

The Network welcomes a new staff attorney to our Northern Region office: Brittney Crock Bauerly, J.D., will provide legal technical assistance and develop resources on a variety of public health law issues. Prior to joining the Network, Brittney worked as a research associate at the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences, and as a judicial law clerk to a Minnesota district court judge.

Read more about Brittney.