Network Report

3/6/2014

Current Issues in Public Health Law

The Year in Gun Violence Prevention and the Law

Gun violence is a public health problem that claims more than 30,000 lives each year in the United States. How did our nation do in meeting the challenge of gun violence through legal approaches in 2013? It’s a mixed report card.  

More on gun violence prevention and gun laws.

Driverless Cars: Public Health Law Implications

Technological advances have made driverless cars seem like a possibility in the not so distant future. Several states already have laws that specifically allow and regulate autonomous vehicles. How will the technology change vehicle and traffic safety laws? And how will the cars impact efforts to increase healthier modes of transportation like walking, biking and public transportation?

Read more about driverless cars and implications for public health law.

Resources: HIPAA, Privacy and Public Health

Rules in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provide federal protections for individually identifiable health information, permit the disclosure of health information for patient care, and specify safeguards for ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information. The following resources can help health practitioners understand HIPAA Rules and stay in compliance with the law. 

HIPAA Quick Reference: Cheat sheet on the primary changes to HIPAA Privacy, Security, Notification and Enforcement Rules and the implications for public health.

View Quick Reference.

Health Data Collection Checklist: This checklist provides a great starting point for public health agencies to provide privacy officers and attorneys with factual and relevant information to resolve concerns of data collection.

Get Checklist.

HIPAA and Public Health Webinar: Recording and materials for recent webinar featuring Iliana L. Peters, Health Information Privacy Specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, on recent enforcement and policy developments of HIPAA Rules.

View HIPAA webinar recording.

Upcoming Webinars

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

Hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as “fracking” – involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals down wells to crack bedrock and release petroleum and natural gas. This webinar will examine the laws and regulations governing water quality issues related to fracking, recent state court decisions affecting regulations, and implications for public health. Webinar takes place on Thursday, March 20 at 1 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for “Fracking, Water Quality and Public Health.”

Ask the Experts:

Homeless Youth and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that provides federal funding for homeless shelter programs and stipulates protections for homeless children in the area of public education. The Network was recently asked how the law impacts a homeless youth’s access to school-based health services.

View assistance provided by the Network.

Public Health Law Research

High school athletics coaches in Washington State are now receiving substantial education on concussions and are demonstrating good knowledge about concussions under the Zackery Lystedt law. But two new studies find that 69 percent of student athletes surveyed in Washington still played with concussion symptoms.

Read more about the studies.

Future of Public Health Law Education Fellowship

Ten faculty fellows have been selected to participate in the Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program. The fellows, chosen from across the country, will develop interdisciplinary courses and programs in public health law at their respective universities during the fellowship year. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administered by Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law Health & Society.

Learn about the fellows.

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