Network Report


Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Proposed Changes to the Common Rule Could Streamline Public Health Surveillance

The Common Rule is a federal rule that protects study participants in federally sponsored research programs and safeguards protected health information. Proposed changes to the Common Rule could impact the way public health agencies conduct research and carry out other public health functions.

Illinois Law Improves Naloxone Access and Expands Insurance Coverage for Substance Use Disorder Services

The nationwide opioid epidemic strikes people from all over the country. Some areas have been particularly hard hit, including Chicago. On September 9, the Illinois General Assembly took an important step in reversing opioid overdose deaths by passing Lali’s Law, a comprehensive reform bill that takes a holistic approach in addressing the opioid epidemic.

Public Health Legal Resources

Illinois Overdose Prevention Legislation

Illinois, like many states, has recently experienced a marked increase in both prescription opioid and heroin use. Over a three-year span, Illinois witnessed at least 900 heroin overdose deaths. In 2012 alone, more than 400 Illinois residents died from prescription drug overdoses, most involving opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and hydrocodone. Illinois has passed several laws to improve access to naloxone and increase emergency care. This fact sheet provides information on the laws related to overdose prevention in Illinois.


SNAP: Leveraging the Nation’s Largest Nutrition Assistance Program for the Public’s Health

In the United States, diet-related illness and food insecurity are serious public health challenges. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans. This webinar will examine a few of the ways the SNAP program can be leveraged to improve the public’s health by providing an overview of the program’s background, examining efforts to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, and discussing the SNAP drug felony ban — its effect on public health, and the varying approaches states have taken on this issue. The webinar will take place tomorrow, October 16 from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. (ET).

Tribal Health Data and Surveillance: The Role of Law

Tribal, state and federal laws create avenues for the collection of health data that can be used for public health surveillance. This webinar on Thursday, November 5 at 1 p.m. will provide an overview of legal considerations related to health data, and include a discussion of data access and quality, and the role of tribal, state and federal jurisdictions, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers.

Ask the Experts

Genetic Information under Privacy and Insurance Laws

The Network recently received an inquiry about how privacy and insurance laws treat the information that is derived from genetic testing. Federal and state laws govern how genetic information is used for insurance purposes. Additionally, state laws consider genetic information to be confidential and prohibit its unauthorized disclosure.

The Network @ APHA 2015

Network Activities and Events at the APHA Annual Meeting

If you’re attending the APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago this month, be sure to connect with Network attorneys and staff at sessions, events, and at the Network booth in the Expo. The Network is proud to sponsor the Health Law Section Reception, and we’ve organized a speed mentoring event for students attending the conference!

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