Late-Breaking Zika Session Announced for 2016 Public Health Law Conference

Zika Virus and Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness

Zika is unique among recent emerging infectious disease in how it is transmitted and impacts the most vulnerable in society – particularly pregnant women and their babies. The potential for immediate and long-term impacts for Zika-infected infants and others are beginning to escalate as local “hot spots” of transmission arise in the United States. In this special session, speakers from public and private sectors address the newest findings, and discuss the public health law and policy challenges presented by Zika virus.

Note: The deadline for discounted registration for the conference has been extended to August 23. View registration details here.

Public Health Law and Policy and Perspectives

Preemption and Public Health – Lessons from the Federal GMO Disclosure Law

In July Congress passed a bill requiring that foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) display a federally-mandated disclosure. The bill, recently signed into law by President Obama, includes a provision expressly preempting all state and local GMO labeling regulation that is not identical to the new federal standard. This federal GMO disclosure law illustrates both the positive and negative possibilities inherent in preemption.

Resources

Medical Marijuana – State Regulatory Statutes Governing Use

This resource outlines conditions related to the use of medical marijuana, including patient qualifications, insurance coverage, and use restrictions. The resource also includes provisions for minors’ use of medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana – State Regulatory Statutes Governing Distribution and Consumption

This resource details state-specific regulations related to permitted forms of consumption, dispensing, cultivating, packaging, and taxation of medical marijuana, and summarizes cities’, towns’ and counties’ powers to regulate the production of medical marijuana.

Webinar - Today at 1pm ET!

Health Information and Data Sharing: The Legal Framework

Today's webinar, co-sponsored by CDC’s Public Health Law program and the Network, will discuss the state-level legal frameworks for the use of and access to data for public health purposes; highlight real and perceived barriers to data sharing; explore how the HIPAA Privacy Rule, FERPA and VA privacy laws that impact data collection and sharing; and examine the legal barriers to the exchange of patient health information among treatment providers.

Ask the Experts

Implementing Sales Tax in Support of Public Health – Authority of County Governments

The Network was recently contacted by a public health officer in Illinois for information on the authority of county governments in that state to pass a sales tax to support public health operations. In Illinois, some counties are granted general authority with limitations on what can be taxed; other counties have limited authority to impose a sales tax, but only if the tax is approved by voters and if revenues are used exclusively for a voter-approved public safety, public facility, or transportation purpose.

Worth Sharing

Zika Prevention is a Matter of National Security – TIME

James Hodge, Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and Larry Gostin, University Professor and Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, jointly wrote this commentary explaining why they, other experts and government officials consider the Zika virus a national security issue. 

Call for Abstracts

2017 National Conference on Tobacco or Health - Abstracts

Do you have work to share at the premier gathering of the tobacco control movement? A Call for Abstracts is now open for the 2017 National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH).  Conference organizers are seeking evidence-based strategies, tools, resources, success stories, and lessons learned to feature as breakout sessions and poster presentations across eleven program areas. Practitioners working in the field of tobacco control are invited to submit their work to be considered for inclusion. The abstract submission deadline is September 30, 2016.   

Career Opportunities

NHeLP Health Law Fellowships

The National Health Law Program has two new temporary full time positions for health law fellows, based in its Los Angeles, CA office and Carrboro, NC office. Both positions are immediately available and are funded through June 30, 2017. Ideal candidates will have strong research and writing skills, familiarity with the Medicaid program and public health law, the ability to work individually and in teams, and a demonstrated interest in using law to reduce disparities and improve health.

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