Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

The Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act

With the rise in popularity of electronic smoking devices came increased calls to poison control centers around the country and at least one reported death of a young child due to ingestion of liquid nicotine. On January 11, Congress passed the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, requiring that containers of liquid nicotine—typically used to refill electronic smoking devices—meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards established to prevent children under age five from opening the container.

Libraries as Partners in Promoting Public Health

Cross-sector collaboration is critical to advancing public health in the 21st century. Public libraries are often overlooked as potential partners in promoting public health and addressing the social determinants of health. But libraries serve as a hub for information and communication, and are more frequently educating their communities about important health issues.

New Resources

Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) for Tuberculosis Fact Sheet

Tuberculosis is generally treatable and curable with a course of antibiotic treatment that lasts for six to nine months, but it can be fatal if not treated properly. VDOT is a cost-effective way to monitor this treatment. Our new fact sheet examines legal and regulatory considerations for VDOT, as well as current telemedicine reimbursement law and policy governing VDOT.

Updated Primer: Public Health Legal Preparedness and Response to Zika

Since mid-2015, Brazil has reported over 4,100 cases of the birth defect microcephaly in babies – a drastic increase from previous years. The rise in microcephaly is suspected to be linked to pregnant mothers infected with the Zika virus, transmitted through mosquitos. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified 30 countries in the Americas with active transmissions of the virus and advised people, especially pregnant women, to avoid traveling to those countries. Our updated primer outlines the public health concerns related to the Zika virus, and lays out current and anticipated legal preparedness and response issues.


Food Safety: Federal Efforts to Protect Public Health

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for ensuring the safety of over the tens of billions of pounds of meat and poultry that is sold in the U.S. each year. This upcoming webinar will provide an overview of FSIS and some of its important programs and services, with a focus on the Office of Public Health and Science and its role in preventing and responding to foodborne disease outbreaks. The webinar will also examine how FSIS conducts and monitors recalls of meat and poultry products. The webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

Ask the Experts

Expanding the Oral Health Workforce

Untreated oral health problems in children may result in attention deficits, trouble in school, and problems sleeping and eating. For adults, poor oral health may contribute to difficulty obtaining a job and forming relationships. Jurisdictions with very low population density often have difficulty providing adequate dental care to remote areas. One option to this challenge is to enlarge the oral health workforce by expanding the roles of other dental professionals, including community dental health coordinators, community health workers, dental therapists and dental hygienists.

2016 Public Health Law Conference

Federal Drug Control Policy Highlighted at D.C. Conference

The Obama Administration recently announced a substantial investment in drug control policy that would increase funding for treatment and research programs ― a move toward treating drug use as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. In September, Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House's National Drug Control Policy Office, will discuss this shift in policy at the Public Health Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Join Mr. Botticelli and hundreds of leaders in public health law and other sectors for an opportunity to connect to find solutions for some of today’s most critical public health challenges.

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