Poor oral health has severe negative repercussions on overall health, productivity and quality of life. Yet for many communities across America, limited access to oral health services remains a persistent issue. There are over 4,000 dental health professional shortage areas, and approximately 10 percent of Americans live within one of them. The following resources examine current laws regulating dental hygiene practice, as well as policy options, including expanding scope of practice for dental professionals, that could improve access to care.
Poor oral health is associated with a number of diseases, including diabetes, stroke and respiratory disease. This brief outlines current concerns for oral health and explores policy options to increase access to care. It is designed to help policy-makers, public health professionals and community members translate proven public health science into public health law and community practice at every level of government.
While multiple strategies are needed to improve oral health in America, states can consider whether legal barriers make it difficult for licensed dentists and allied dental providers to deliver more services to more patients. The laws governing the respective services provided by members of the dental workforce are described in fact sheets for 50 states and the District of Columbia.
State laws and regulations determine where dental hygienists may practice, define which oral health services hygienists may provide, and establish the degree of supervision that dentists must have over the work of hygienists. The updated Dental Hygiene Practice Laws Map tracks dental hygiene practice laws across 50 states.
In 2010, the FTC began enforcing the Health Breach Notification Rule to require certain businesses not covered by HIPAA to notify their customers and others if there’s a breach of unsecured, individually identifiable electronic health information — called personal health records (PHRs). What this could mean for health departments.
The CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee recommend that all healthcare workers (HCWs) get vaccinated annually against influenza, and an increasing number of healthcare organizations are implementing mandatory flu vaccination policies. The Network was recently asked whether there is any legal basis for these policies to be challenged.
From January 1 to January 28, 84 people from 14 states have been reported to have measles, a highly contagious disease that was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease, but many parents are opting out of immunizing their children. This webinar will examine the current measles outbreak in the U.S. and associated legal issues. The webinar will take place on February 19 at 1 p.m. (ET). Register to reserve your spot.
This webinar will consider the role of case law in public health and examine recent litigation related to the Affordable Care Act, vaccination requirements, and other public health issues. Panelists will offer tips on how public health practitioners can assist their legal counsel when preparing to litigate a public health case before a state, local, or administrative judge.
The field of public health law is rapidly expanding, but knowing where to look for public health law jobs can be a challenge for many students and young professionals. The Student Network’s new interactive tool provides an introduction to the career paths available to public health law professionals, including an overview of organizations that work on public health law issues.