Network Report


Current Issues in Public Health Law

Active Shooters in Hospital Environments: Time for Legal Prevention

Gun violence in hospital settings has become an alarming trend. From 2000–2011, over 150 hospital-related shootings across 40 states resulted in at least 235 victims. To counter threats from active shooters, hospitals have implemented various policies and practices to assist staff in responding to dangerous situations. There are also legal options to prevent gun violence in hospitals.

Read more on preventing gun violence in hospitals.

Smoking, Foster Care and the Duty to Protect

Minnesota recently passed a bill aimed at protecting foster care children from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The law added “a safe, healthy smoke-free home environment” to existing requirements for prospective foster parents before a placement is made, and also provides guidance on the process to follow if a foster parent fails to provide a smoke-free home.

Read more on the issue of smoke-free foster care.

New Resource: Takings Clause and Local Public Health Agencies

The Takings Clause in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires the government to provide just compensation for private property that is taken for public use. This new resource will provide an introduction to the Takings Clause and how it can affect the efforts of local public health agencies and the ability of local governments to promote public health in their communities.

View the Public Health Takings resource.

Public Health Law Training Resources

Through its Public Health Law Training Consultation and Tools project, the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) has developed a host of valuable online training tools and resources. The Network collaborated with NWCPHP to develop the following guide and online course:

Legal Aspects of Children's Health Services Resource Guide
Legal Aspects of Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Access additional Public Health Law Training resources here.

Upcoming Webinars

Taking on Tobacco Regulation: An Overview of New York City’s Tobacco Control Laws

New York City’s tobacco control law has been used to dramatically reduce tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable, premature death in NYC and the U.S. This webinar examines the city’s ground-breaking Smoke-Free Air Act along with more recent measures to address tobacco use. The webinar will take place tomorrow, June 27 at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register for the Taking on Tobacco Regulation Webinar.

Hot Topics in Public Health Law: Food Marketing, Antibiotic Regulation, and Policy Surveillance

At the 2014 Public Health Law Conference, presenters will discuss today’s most pressing public health law concerns. Join us for a preview of three conference sessions covering food marketing, antibiotic regulation, and policy surveillance. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 15 at 1 p.m. (ET).

Learn more about the Hot Topics Webinar and register.

Ask the Experts:

Registered Nurses Prescribing Non-Controlled Substances

The Network was recently contacted by a local health department in Michigan about whether registered nurses can prescribe non-controlled substances under a delegation by a physician and in accordance with the physician’s standing order. The health department also asked if physicians need to personally countersign written prescriptions. Current common practice is for a registered nurse to sign and include the delegating physician’s name, without that physician’s signature, on the prescription.

Read more about this issue and view the Network’s response.

Student Network for Public Health Law

Call for Submissions: Student Poster Session

Seven scholarships to the 2014 Public Health Law Conference are available to students chosen to submit and present posters at the conference. Scholarships cover airfare, lodging and registration for the conference. Posters must be submitted by graduate or law students, or recent graduates on research related to public health law. Applications are due by August 8.

Learn more about the Student Network Poster Session and apply.

Mentorship Program

The Student Network for Public Health Law is currently seeking mentors for the second year of its mentorship program. This national program connects current students and young professionals pursuing careers in public health law with experienced professionals who can help build knowledge and develop skills relevant to the field. Help build the field of public health law by providing valuable guidance to those new to the field!

More about how to participate in the Student Network Mentorship Program.

O’Neil Institute 2014 Summer Programs

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University offers two, week-long intensive programs exploring food and drug laws, and U.S. healthcare reform. The programs convene leading practitioners, policymakers, advocates and academics for a series of interactive lectures, panel discussions and case studies. Interested participants may attend one or both programs.

Join the Network.