Network Report



Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics Public Health Law Symposium Issue

The Network and ASLME have jointly published a symposium edition of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics featuring articles on a number of critical topics discussed at the 2014 Public Health Law Conference. All 24 articles are now available for download — here is a sampling:

Policy Perspective: Stress Reduction Programs

Chronic stress can have negative impacts on mental and physical health. When life stressors—such as negative events, chronic strains, and traumas— are measured comprehensively, their damaging impacts on physical and mental health are substantial. Stress reduction programs have the potential to improve health outcomes, but legal and policy issues will need to be considered.

Read more on this policy perspective.

Webinar: Local Immigration Laws and their Impact on Hispanic/Latino Health

Federal immigration policies have been increasingly delegated to state and local jurisdictions. Some evidence suggests that this shift has contributed to Hispanic/Latino immigrants’ fear of using a variety of public services including health care.  This webinar will introduce new research investigating the impact immigration laws have on immigrant access to care. Webinar takes place today, April 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

Learn more and register for webinar.

Research: Alcohol Tax Increase Contributes to Decline in Motor Vehicle Crashes

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health examined the effects of a 2009 increase in alcohol taxes in Illinois on alcohol-related fatal motor vehicle crashes. Fatal drunk driving-related car crashes declined by 26 percent, researchers found, and drivers younger than 30 years showed larger declines than those aged 30 years and older.

More on the study here.

Ask the Experts

Health Information Privacy for Young Adults

Many minors and young adults have health insurance coverage through their parents’ plans as dependents. The Network was recently contacted by a public health researcher about how dependents’ health information privacy might be compromised by the explanations of benefits (EOBs) provided by health insurers.

Read more on this issue.

Network people


William Tilburg, J.D., serves as senior staff attorney with the Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region. William is also the Deputy Director of the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy (LRC) based at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. In both of these roles he provides technical legal assistance on a broad spectrum of public health issues to state and local legislators, health officials, and non-government organizations in Maryland and throughout the Northeast.

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