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The Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) changed how the federal government approaches foodborne illness by placing a new focus on preventive measures, while strengthening the nation’s ability to respond to outbreaks. Implementation of the FSMA has created a range of concerns that speak to the law’s complexity, and will impact state and local governments in critical ways.

Read more about FSMA.

New FSMA Resources for State and Local Governments

The Network has developed a series of primers to help state and local authorities better understand the new responsibilities, opportunities, and resources required and provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The primers address provisions aimed at improving the capacity to prevent food safety problems, efforts to improve the capacity to detect and respond to food safety problems, as well as other key provisions, including important whistle blower protections.

Learn more about FSMA Primers.

Public Health Law Research: Anti-Bullying Laws

Bullying is causing a public health crisis in schools: exposure to bullying behaviors has lasting impacts on the health of victims, bystanders, and even the bullies themselves. While suicide is the gravest consequence of bullying, other negative physical and psychological effects have also been noted, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep issues, digestive problems, and headaches. To date, 49 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to address bullying in schools. A new interactive map identifies the variations in the different laws, including whether cyberbullying is included in the state’s definition of bullying, where the law applies, which laws offer civil immunity for individuals reporting bullying incidents, and whether the laws identify a protected class of students.

View Anti-Bullying Laws Map.

Upcoming Webinars

TODAY: Advancing Tribal Public Health through Law

This webinar, presented by the Network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will examine the role of law in addressing public health issues in Tribal communities. Presenters will provide examples of legal technical assistance offered to Tribes on issues such as the development of public health codes, hunting and fishing rights, and legal preparedness for public health emergencies. The webinar is free and takes place on May 29 at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Learn more and register for the Tribal Public Health Law Webinar.

Medicaid 1115 Waivers: How Are They Transforming the Health System?

Medicaid 1115 waivers allow states to test new or existing ways to deliver and pay for health care services in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Attend this webinar to get an overview of 1115 Medicaid waivers, and hear case studies from Arkansas and Texas. The webinar is free and takes place on Thursday, June 19 at 1 p.m. (ET).

Learn more about the Medicaid 1115 Waivers Webinar and register.

Ask the Experts:

Regulating Well Water

The Network was recently contacted by officials at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) who were interested in helping local authorities regulate well water quality in New Hampshire — specifically through local ordinances requiring water quality testing for new private wells. The Network addressed two separate recommendations DES might make to local authorities: the use of a local health officer’s nuisance authority to pass an ordinance, or the use the state’s building code as the basis for an ordinance.

Read the Network’s response.


Staff Attorney Position at the Network

The Network is seeking a staff attorney to join its Northern Region office in St. Paul, MN. This position provides technical assistance on specific issues of public health law, conducts training, develops legal resources and educational materials, and facilitates opportunities for networking and peer assistance. The attorney will work broadly in public health law, and be expected to develop expertise in specific topics. 

More on the staff attorney position and how to apply.

Public Health Services and Systems Research Call for Proposals

PHSSR is seeking studies to expand the evidence for administrative and policy mechanisms that improve quality, efficiency and value in public health delivery. Studies funded through this solicitation will focus on multidisciplinary research that examines the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services and the subsequent impact on population health outcomes. Approximately $3.2 million will be awarded through this solicitation. Up to nine studies may be selected to receive funding of up to $350,000 to support projects of up to twenty-four (24) months in duration.

Get detailed information on PHSSR Call for Proposals.

Call for Submissions: Student Poster Session at the 2014 Public Health Law Conference

The Student Network is now accepting submissions for its third annual poster session to be held at the 2014 Public Health Law Conference. The poster session will provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to share their recent research on various public health law topics and receive feedback from experienced professionals in the field. Scholarships covering travel, housing and attendance are available for seven selected applicants. The deadline for applications is August 8, 2014.

Learn more about the Student Network poster session.

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