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Current Issues in Public Health Law

Access to Childcare and Pre-K: Benefits for Children’s Health and Population Health

Childcare and early childhood education programs provide children with access to healthy meals, and children are more likely to get vaccination against diseases like measles.  Improving access to high-quality childcare for low-income families may lead to better public health outcomes.

More on childcare and public health.

Seat Belt Use Laws and Rear Seat Adult Passengers

Mandatory seat belt use laws — and in particular primary use laws — helped dramatically increase the nation’s seat belt usage and reduce the number of fatal car accidents each year. Despite this remarkable success, one area remains largely neglected: seat belt use by rear seat adult passengers.

Read more on car safety and rear seat adult passengers.

Public Health Law Webinars

TODAY- Shared-Use Agreements to Support Public Health

Shared-use agreements and community use policies can be a cost-effective way to open school property to programming shared between schools and community based groups that are aimed at increasing physical activity. This webinar will explore the nature of shared-use agreements and community use policies and their potential impact on communities. This webinar is free and will takes place today, Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register for Shared-Use Webinar.

When Public Health Goes to Court: The Court and Public Health Emergencies

Amid the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, states began issuing mandatory quarantine guidelines for those traveling from the infected area. The courts played a role in determining whether or not these quarantines were legal. This webinar on April 2 will focus on the judicial system’s role in a public health emergency, examining how a judge may approach quarantine and isolation hearings, and the subsequent issuing of orders related to emergency preparedness and response.  

Learn more and register for The Court and Public Health Emergencies Webinar.

Ask the Experts

Disclosure of Communicable Diseases

In their work, law enforcement officials may come into contact with individuals with an infectious disease. A county public health administrator recently contacted the Network to inquire whether an individual must disclose communicable disease information to law enforcement officials, prior to exposure.

Read the Network’s response.

Hospital Community Benefit Program Resources

The Hospital Community Benefit Program is a central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers who seek to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are responsive to pressing community health needs. The program's online resources include a comprehensive analysis of each state’s community benefit landscape as defined by its laws, regulations, tax exemptions, and, in some cases, policies and activities of state executive agencies.

View Community Benefit State Law Profiles and other resources.

Public Health Law Research

A production boom in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (more commonly known as "fracking") has resulted in shale oil and gas development in regions unaccustomed to the industry as well as in regions that have a century-long relationship with oil and gas extraction. Air quality degradation is a concern in areas where development has increased. This new LawAtlas map compares air quality laws in all 50 states

View the dataset.


Action for Healthy Food (AFHF) is seeking an experienced Political and Policy Director to develop, direct, and implement its local, state, and federal legislative, regulatory, and public policy strategies. The position is based in Seattle, Washington. Applications are accepted between now and April 10.

Learn more and apply.

Student Network

Join the Student Network on Friday, March 27 for a webinar featuring three new public health lawyers who will discuss their first year in the field. Panelists will share their insights about working in the field, discuss lessons learned and offer recommendations for students and recent graduates entering the field.

Register for the webinar.

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