Network Report

12/10/15

2016 National Public Health Law Conference

Lead, Connect, Innovate: Strategies for Achieving Health Equity

We are excited to announce Michael Botticelli, White House Director of National Drug Policy, is one of the distinguished leaders who will speak at the 2016 Public Health Law Conference, taking place September 15 – 17 in Washington, D.C. Join Mr. Botticelli and hundreds of public health lawyers, practitioners, officials, policymakers, researchers and advocates from around the country to discuss how law and policy can be used to address pressing public health issues and improve health equity and access to care. The preliminary conference agenda is now available online, and early bird registration is open!

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Recent Developments in Drug Overdose Law and Policy

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a toll on families and communities across the country. A New Hampshire poll ranked drug abuse as the most important issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign, more important than jobs and the economy. The past few months have seen a number of important developments in the area of drug abuse and overdose prevention law and policy.

Telemedicine in Rural Communities — Navigating the Legal Issues

Telemedicine, the use of technology to deliver health care services from a distance, is one tool that can improve health care access in rural communities, which face unique challenges in access to health care providers and suffer greater health disparities than urban communities. While substantial progress has been made, providers still face legal, regulatory and practical challenges in extending services to rural areas through telemedicine applications.

The Fundamental Need to Support Informal Caregivers

Increasingly, older American's are receiving care from informal caregivers, such as a relative. Caring for a vulnerable disabled person with poor mental health or physical impairments can be demanding, overwhelming and stressful. Despite the tremendous responsibilities associated with caregiving, the role of informal caregivers has not been adequately acknowledged.

Public Health Legal Resources

Denial of SNAP Benefits for Convicted Drug Felons

Since 1996, federal law has banned anyone with a drug-related felony conviction from receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But the law allows states to waive or modify this ban, and many states have done so. This new issue brief and survey of state laws provide an overview of the bans and their potential effect on public health, and summarizes each state’s eligibility requirements for drug felons.

Ask the Experts

Youth Sports Concussion and Return to Play Laws

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 300,000 concussions are sustained during sports related activities nationwide, with more than 62,000 of those sustained in high school contact sports. The Network recently received an inquiry about Michigan’s return-to-play law, and what provisions the law may have for addressing violations.

Public Health Law Research

A Transdisciplinary Approach to Public Health Law: The Emerging Practice of Legal Epidemiology

Public health law has roots in both law and science, and for more than a century lawyers and scientists have worked in parallel. This new article, published in the Annual Review of Public Health offers a transdisciplinary approach to public health law ­­— one that unites the two disciplines by adding scientific practices to the lawyerly functions of normative and doctrinal research, counseling, and representation. The article was co-authored by leaders at Public Health Law Research, ChangeLab Solutions, the CDC Public Health Law Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Network.

Job Opportunity

Attorney, California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is seeking an experienced attorney to support and represent the Department’s programs on a variety of matters, including departmental and programmatic authority, and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements for the conduct of state business.Candidates with experience in laws governing infectious diseases are encouraged to apply.

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