Network Report



Policy Options to Improve Oral Health

Brief: Increasing Access and Improving Oral Health Care by Expanding the Oral Health Workforce

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.

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Scope of Practice Laws for Dental Auxiliaries

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.

View Scope of Practice Fact Sheets.

Public Health Law Research: Dental Hygiene Practice Laws

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.

View the Dental Hygiene Practice Laws Map.

The Federal Trade Commission and Health Data Privacy: What Public Health Needs to Know

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.

Learn more about FTC Rule.

Ask the Experts

Mandatory Influenza Vaccination for Healthcare Workers

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.

More on legal considerations for mandatory flu vaccination policies.

Upcoming Webinars

TODAY – The 2015 Measles Outbreak and the Law

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.

Register for “The 2015 Measles Outbreak: Exploring the Role of Public Health Law.”

March 5 – When Public Health Goes to Court: Current Public Health Court Cases

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.

Register for Public Health Goes to Court webinar.

Public Health Law Career Tool

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.

View the career tool.

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