Network Report

5/26/2016

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Improving Health Care Access for Formerly Incarcerated Populations

Formerly incarcerated individuals who leave confinement are often not connected with health services they need and to which they’re entitled. To attempt to reduce this lack of access to health care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released guidance on access to Medicaid services and eligibility for federal health insurance plans.

May Public Health Law News Roundup

A number of major regulatory announcements from federal agencies grabbed headlines in May ― including the FDA’s deeming regulation on tobacco products, the USDA’s new nutrition label, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s rules on employee wellness programs. Soda warning labels and marijuana laws were also in the news.

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Epinephrine Stocking Laws

In the United States, about 15 million Americans have food allergies; one in every 13 children has this potentially deadly condition. A food allergy reaction sends a patient to the emergency department every three minutes, totaling over 200,000 visits per year. Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for severe or life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis. In recent years, a growing number of states have adopted epinephrine entity stocking laws. These laws allow authorized entities like restaurants, amusement parks and sports arenas to obtain and store auto-injectable epinephrine, or EpiPens, and administer the drug to individuals experiencing anaphylaxis. This issue brief and 50-State Survey examine epinephrine stocking laws across the U.S.

Webinars

Pursuing Health Equity: Promising Practices in Policy and Law

Health inequities can be traced to unequal, systemic economic and social conditions, and requires an understanding of how law and legal frameworks can be used to reduce barriers and increase access to health. Join the Network and the CDC Public Health Law program for this June 23 webinar examining promising practices in law and policy to address health equity issues through drug abuse treatment and overdose prevention, Medical-Legal Partnerships, and interventions in domestic violence and homelessness. Some attendees may qualify for CLE credits. 

Ask the Experts

Dispensing Naloxone via Standing Order

Naloxone, a prescription medication, reverses opioid overdose if given in time. Some states have passed laws that permit naloxone to be dispensed via standing orders, which allow prescribers such as a doctors to issue naloxone prescriptions that apply to a class of people (such as people at risk of overdose,  family members, police, and those close to people at risk of overdose) instead of a single, named individual. The Network was asked whether employees or volunteers of a community based organization could dispense naloxone under a standing order.

Career Opportunity

Policy Fellow, Regulatory Tobacco Science

The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS) invites applications from individuals interested in obtaining a post-graduate research fellowship in tobacco regulatory policy. In this two year training program, the Fellow will gain research experience and explore the legal and policy implications of the scientific research conducted by OSU-CERTS. Among other topics, the research will explore the impact of advertising and marketing, patterns of smokeless tobacco and dual/multi-product use, and factors influencing tobacco-related decision-making.

Student Network

Webinar: Career Paths in Public Health Law and Health Law

Join the Student Network on Wednesday, June 1 for a webinar exploring careers in public health law and health law. Two experienced professionals will discuss the relationship between the public health law and health law fields, and offer examples of job opportunities in both the traditional public health law realm and in evolving areas of work. Attendees of this webinar will gain a better understanding of the evolving nature of the public health law field and speakers will share targeted strategies and practical advice on how to find a job in public health law.

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