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Intersection of Law, Policy and Prevention

In October, public health attorneys, officials and practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, academics and researchers will convene at the 2014 National Public Health Law Conference in Atlanta to examine legal approaches to address some of today’s most critical issues. James G. Hodge, Jr., who serves as Planning Committee Chair for the conference, explains the role of law in prevention and gives a preview of the emerging public health law topics that will be examined at the meeting.

Read Q&A with James Hodge.

Current Issues in Public Health Law

Improving Community Health: Opportunities for Health Departments

The State Innovation Models Initiative (SIM) grant funding and the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) requirement for nonprofit hospitals are two policy changes under the Affordable Care Act that offer new opportunities for public health departments and others to collaborate with health care systems to improve community health. Resources are available to help health agencies get started.

Learn more about resources.

E-Cigarettes and County Jails — A Toxic Relationship?

Smoking is banned in federal prisons and the majority of state-run facilities have enacted similar restrictions due to health and safety concerns; however, e-cigarettes are not yet regulated and some county jails are providing them to inmates. While the safety of the products are seriously debated, e-cigarette makers claim they help calm inmates.

More on e-cigarettes in jails.

Upcoming Webinars

TODAY - Fracking, Water Quality and Public Health: Examining Current Laws and Regulations

This webinar provides an overview of laws and regulations governing water quality issues related to fracking, examines recent state court decisions affecting regulations, and explores implications for public health. Webinar is free and will take place on today, March 20 at 1 p.m. (ET).

Get details and register for Fracking Webinar.

Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA): Aligning Hospital Investments and Public Health Outcomes

Learn about the legal framework for CHNAs, get an overview of the implementation process and resources available, and hear case studies highlighting challenges and opportunities in CHNA programs in this webinar, co-sponsored by the CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the Network. Webinar takes place on March 26.

Learn more and register for CHNA Webinar.

2014 Public Health Law Conference

Session descriptions have been posted for the 2014 Public Health Law Conference! With five tracks and 40 sessions, attendees can expect to learn about recent developments in law and policy on a broad range of topics, including overdose prevention, health data privacy, emergency legal preparedness, tribal public health, health disparities and health reform.

View list of conference sessions.

Ask the Experts:

Bed Bugs in the Workplace

A legal justice advocacy organization recently asked the Network about workers’ rights in dealing with bed bugs in their workplace and in homes provided by their employer. The Network researched the issue and found that in the requestor’s state, there is no law that addresses bed bugs. However, there are a number of useful resources on bed bugs, and specifically, bed bugs in the workplace.

View resources supplied by the Network.

Student Network

Spring 2014 Career Panel

Join the Student Network for a webinar featuring three public health law and policy professionals who will share their insights about working in the field, discuss their varied career and educational paths, and offer recommendations for students and new professionals entering the field.  The webinar will take place tomorrow, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for the Spring 2014 Career Panel.

Introduction to State Health Agency Structure and Function

Get an overview of state public health agencies in this webinar, and learn about typical administrative structures of agencies, common functions, and their relationships with federal and local agencies. A brief Q&A session will follow the presentation. The webinar will take place on Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for Introduction to State Health Agencies.

Public Health Law Research (PHLR)

PHLR released its sixth call for proposals to fund studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies on public health. As much as $1.25 million is available to fund short-term studies. Studies up to 18 months log will be funded up to $150,000 each. The deadline for submitting a proposal is April 15, 2014. 

Learn more about this opportunity.


The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., is seeking candidates for its fellowship program. O’Neill Institute Law Fellows work on academic legal research and scholarly projects.  Fellowship terms are one year, with possible extension to two years, and will begin in fall 2014. Candidates must have a J.D. degree.

Apply for fellowship here.

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