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Current Issues in Public Health Law

Workers Compensation Laws and Public Health Volunteers

What amount of workers’ compensation does a nurse volunteering at a state-run health clinic receive if she accidentally pricks herself with a used needle? Surprisingly, in a majority of states, the answer is none. Workers’ compensation laws do not automatically protect unpaid volunteers because they are typically not deemed to be employees of their host entities. 

More on state laws addressing workers' compensation for volunteers.

New Public Health Law Resources

Extension of Workers’ Compensation Coverage to Public Health Volunteers

Injuries and deaths of employees in the workplace are covered by workers’ compensation laws in each of the 50 states; however, these laws do not automatically protect unpaid volunteers. Two new resources examine and outline current state laws addressing the extension of workers’ compensation coverage to volunteers working in a public health context, whether for state agencies or departments, local or municipal agencies, or private organizations.

View resources on workers’ compensation laws and volunteers.

Emergency Declaration Authorities

The authority to declare an emergency can vary across states and localities. A declaration can determine the legal and operational resources available to respond to an emergency and has implications for governments. This new resource provides information on the statutory and regulatory authorities for emergency declarations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

View the resource on emergency declaration authorities.

Upcoming Webinar

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

At October’s Public Health Law Conference, experts from around the country will discuss some of today’s most critical issues. Attend our July webinar 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 webinar and register.

Ask the Experts:

First Responders and Naloxone

A state representative recently contacted the Network to ask which states allow police and basic emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to carry and administer naloxone, a medication used to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Permitting police and EMTs to administer naloxone can reduce time to overdose response, possibly saving lives.

Read more on naloxone laws and emergency responders.

Public Health Law Research

Drugged Drivers Are Now More Likely to Test Positive for Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, and Multiple Drugs

A study released in Public Health Reports shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs. The study examines trends in the characteristics of U.S. drivers who have been involved in fatal crashes between 1993 and 2010 and test positive for drugs.

More on the study.

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.

Opportunities in Public Health Law

Assistant/Associate Professor in Health Policy & Management Positions

The University of South Florida College of Public Health is recruiting for two faculty positions in its Department of Health Policy & Management. The 12 month tenure-earning positions will be responsible for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and advising M.P.H., M.H.A. and Ph.D. students, as well as research and service on doctoral committees. Positions will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2014.

Learn more about positions and how to apply.

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