Strengthening the Public Health Legal and Policy Infrastructure

Leading Public Health Law Organizations Partner on Ambitious Initiative

The Network for Public Health Law, ChangeLab Solutions, the Public Health Law Center, and the Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research partner on an ambitious initiative to strengthen the public health legal and policy infrastructure needed to build a Culture of Health. The initiative tests an innovative new framework of Five Essential Public Health Law Services, applying it to three focus areas: early care and education (ECE) settings, preemption, and enforcement. 

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Aid in Dying: Implementation by Statute or Court Rule? 

Aid in Dying (AID) is increasingly in the news as an emerging public health issue. Currently only Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and California permit AID by statute. The 2014 case of a young, terminally ill, woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of its AID statue has brought the issue back into question.

Reproductive Care and the Latino Community

Under-insurance, when health coverage does not protect the full amalgam of needed services or when patients cannot pay their share of the cost, creates additional barriers for Latino families seeking family planning and abortion services.

New Resources

Drug Overdose Prevention Factsheets 

Fatal drug overdose is a nationwide epidemic that claimed the lives of over 47,000 Americans in 2014. Three new fact sheets examine recent laws in Alaska, Colorado and Kentucky aimed at preventing opioid overdose.

Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality in Alaska  

Legal Interventions to Increase Access to Naloxone in Colorado

Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality in Kentucky

New Online Tool

Test the New Online Legal Technical Assistance Knowledge Base

We are excited to announce the beta version of our online new tool, the Legal Technical Assistance Knowledge Base, which allows users to access a limited number of records from our extensive database of legal technical assistance. We are inviting Network Members to take a few minutes to explore the Knowledge Base and give us your feedback through this online survey. Search and get helpful legal insights on topics such as overdose prevention, emergency legal preparedness, public health data sharing and more. Your input will help us improve and expand on this new public health law tool!

Upcoming Webinars

Public Health Data in the Courts: Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual and its Implications

States have recognized all-payer claims databases (APCDs) as useful tools for collecting public health data. With the recent Supreme Court decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, states with mandatory APCDs are facing changes to their reporting statutes. This webinar will explore the legal issues surrounding Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, the public health and healthcare considerations of all-payer claims databases, and alternative approaches states can take to continue to use these databases effectively. Webinar takes place on Thursday, November 17 from 1pm – 2:30pm ET. 

Ask the Experts

Disclosure of Patient Health Information ― HIPAA Requirements

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) an individual has the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of their protected health information made by a covered entity in the six years prior to the date on which the accounting is requested. A county public health officer recently contacted the Network to ask whether every type of disclosure must be logged in order to provide the patient with that information should they request it.

The Network at APHA 2016

Network Activities at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting

If you’re attending the APHA Annual Meeting in Denver this month, be sure to connect with Network attorneys and staff at sessions and events, including the Network-sponsored Health Law Section Reception. Network Members (if you’re getting this newsletter, you’re a member) who stop by our booth at the Expo will receive a small thank you gift for supporting the Network’s mission through your continued involvement. We hope to see you in Denver!

Worth Sharing

Bringing Law and Medicine Together to Help Rural Patients

Health-harming legal issues like unsafe housing, domestic violence or access to care can be addressed through medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) where healthcare providers and lawyers work together to help patients resolve legal barriers to good health. For rural communities, the health-harming legal issues and solutions may look very different than those in urban communities.

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