Network Report

3/3/16

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Travel Notices and the Spread of Zika Virus

The Zika virus, a mosquito-transmitted infection, is “spreading explosively” across Caribbean, South and Central American countries since an initial outbreak occurred last May in Brazil. Due to the serious health consequences of Zika virus to pregnant women and their unborn babies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel notice covering over 25 countries in the Caribbean, North, South, and Central America, and Africa.

Biting Back: Controlling the Spread of Zika Virus Through Mosquito Abatement

Mosquito infested jurisdictions in the U.S. have been exploring multiple approaches to control the two species of Aedes mosquitos that spread not only the Zika virus, but also dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses. Implementation of mosquito abatement efforts depends in part on legal authority and the definition of this authority varies in different localities.

“Over the Counter” Naloxone Access, Explained

Recently a number of media reports are stating that naloxone is now available in certain jurisdictions or pharmacy chains “over the counter.” While the idea behind this reporting – that in many states a person can access naloxone at a pharmacy without first seeing a prescriber and getting a traditional prescription – is correct, it’s important to note that the actual terms being used are not.

Resources

Video Directly Observed Therapy for Tuberculosis in Minnesota

Video Directly Observed Therapy (VDOT) appears to be a promising alternative to traditional DOT practices and has the potential to improve tuberculosis control efforts. However, there are legal, regulatory, and practical challenges relating to the use of VDOT and the implementation of VDOT will not be immediate or simple. Our new fact sheet examines the legal issues faced by health service providers in Minnesota, and can provide a starting point for local health departments in other states to discuss with their legal counsel when considering the integration of a VDOT program into their TB control program efforts.

Webinars

Medicaid Managed Care: Practical Guidance for Public Health Departments and Other Providers

Nearly three quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries are enrolled in managed care plans and that proportion continues to grow. This means that, in most states, local health departments and other providers serving Medicaid beneficiaries are or will be affected by managed care. In this webinar panelists will discuss how local health departments can, and do, fit into a Medicaid managed care system. Attendees will also get an overview of a forthcoming survey of Medicaid managed care contracts and their coverage of local health department services.

Ask the Experts

Laws Establishing Health in All Policies Commissions

“Health in all policies” (HiAP) refers to a movement within public health to consider how all sectors of public policy, including transportation, education, agriculture, and housing, may impact the public’s health. The Maryland legislature is currently considering a bill which would establish a Health in All Policies Commission in the state. The Network was recently asked whether other states have passed similar legislation.

Network People

Mellissa Sager – Staff Attorney

We’d like to introduce Mellissa Sager, staff attorney at the Network’s Eastern Region Office. Mellissa provides legal assistance to state and local policymakers, health officials, and non-government organizations. She has worked and continues to work on a wide range of projects at the local, state, and national levels in an effort to develop and support best practices in public health across the country. Mellissa is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where she earned a J.D. and certificates in Health Law and Environmental Law.

Career Opportunities

Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law

The Network’s Eastern Region Office, based at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, is seeking a Staff Attorney. This position provides legal technical assistance to state and local public health departments and other executive agencies, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and advocates throughout states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Seeks Deputy Directors

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) program at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute is looking for two talented individuals to fill the positions of Deputy Director of Data and Science and the Deputy Director of Community Transformation. The application deadline is April 1 for both positions.

Join the Network to receive the Network Report.