2016 Public Health Law Conference

Join the Network in the Nation’s Capital

This year’s National Public Health Law Conference, taking place in Washington, D.C., September 15 - 17 promises to be one of the most highly attended, with over 40 sessions examining some of today’s most critical public health topics including drug overdose prevention, mental health care, community health needs assessments, food policy, safe housing, health data sharing, and health disparities. Attend for valuable training, resources and networking if you work in public health, government, health care, law or other sectors that have impact health outcomes. Register by August 16 for discount rate.

Public Health Law and Policy and Perspectives

Freddie Gray, Lead Paint, and the Impact of Housing on Our Health

Long before his tragic death in April 2015, Freddie Gray was just another Baltimore City “lead kid” – one of tens of thousands of children in the city impacted by prolonged exposure to lead-based paint in their homes. While federal and state legislation requires property owners to disclose known information about lead-based paint to homebuyers and renters, and requires rental properties to pass lead-contamination tests, millions of young children are still exposed to high levels of lead in their homes.

To Curtail Opioid Epidemic, States Take Action to Change Prescriber Practices

Staggering numbers of American are diagnosed with opioid addiction, and tens of thousands succumb to fatal opioid overdose each year. As opioid dependence and overdose continues to rise, states are increasingly recognizing the role of prescribers in both driving and curtailing the epidemic and are taking actions to regulate and require greater oversight over prescribing practices.


Report: Legal Completeness and Effectiveness in Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Agreements in Wisconsin

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin—Madison School of Nursing, with legal research support from Network attorneys, undertook a project to analyze shared service agreements as a strategy for increasing capacity to provide local public health services. This report shares findings from the analysis and offers best practices for other jurisdictions considering shared service agreements.


Health Information and Data Sharing: The Legal Framework

Health data sharing – or health information exchange – plays a critical role in guiding action for policy changes and improving the effectiveness of public health programs. But increased data sharing also brings increased concerns about ensuring the integrity, privacy, and security of health information. Attend this August 18 Webinar to learn about federal laws and policies supporting public health data use and sharing, real and perceived barriers to data sharing, and best practices for data sharing during a public health emergency.

Ask the Experts

HIV and States’ Communicable Disease Reporting Requirements

A requestor recently contacted the Network for information on how HIV reporting is included in states’ communicable disease reporting rules, specifically in those states that do not have standalone rules specific to HIV reporting, but instead include HIV reporting in general disease reporting requirements. The Network provided the requestor with two resources on states’ laws pertaining to communicable disease reporting and how these laws treat HIV reporting.


Tobacco Policies and On-premise Smoking in Bars and Clubs that Cater to Young African Americans Following the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007

African American young adults smoke less than their Caucasian peers, yet the burden of tobacco-related illness is significantly higher in African Americans across their lifespan. This article in the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse examines how clean indoor air laws affect tobacco smoking among African American young adults.

Mental Illness and Firearms Background Checks—Combatting Violence without Inhibiting Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a final regulation that amends the HIPAA Privacy Rule to enable certain mental health disclosures to the federal background check system for potential gun buyers. This article published in JAMA Psychiatry analyzes the new rule, explores the nexus between mental health records and firearms background checks, and examines implications for psychiatrists.

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