The Role of Law in Improving Health Equity

2016 Public Health Law Conference

Long term strategies that look at how factors such as access to care, education, housing, environment and income impact health outcomes must consider the role of law in bringing about systemic change. Join the Network and hundreds of local, tribal, state and federal officials, as well as public health practitioners, attorneys, policymakers and advocates, September 15 – 17 in Washington, D.C. to share, learn, connect and find solutions to improve the health of our communities.

Public Health Law Conference Webinar Series: Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health

This special series features live webcasts of three sessions from the 2016 Public Health Law Conference. The webinars will take place Friday, September 16.

Efficient, Safe and Healthy Housing

Safe and healthy housing is one of the most basic and important social determinants of health. Yet, an estimated six million American homes are in substandard condition, and tens of millions more have one or more health or safety hazards. This session will examine innovative state and local policy interventions seeking to address this growing threat, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Public Health Implications of Racism

Racial, ethnic and gender discrimination permeate the political, social and economic systems of our society. This session will examine strategies to address health inequities stemming from discriminatory practices that adversely impact women’s health and wellness; comprehensive trauma care for male survivors of violence; mental health and substance use disorder treatment; and access to health care for recently incarcerated individuals.

Homelessness and the Public’s Health: State and Local Responses

This session will address homelessness from the public health perspective and related law, policy and advocacy options and solutions, as well as their related barriers (e.g., constitutional, regulatory). Highlighted topics include specific responses related to criminalization, housing availability and emergency declarations.

Public Health Law and Policy and Perspectives

August Public Health Law News Roundup

Public health issues that grabbed news headlines in August included the Louisiana flood and its aftermath, the spread of Zika virus in Florida, a challenge to school vaccinations, and national outcry over perceived pharmaceutical price gouging related to EpiPens.

Ask the Experts

Opioid Overdose Prevention: Immunity for Nurses in Administering Naloxone

The Network was recently asked about whether Colorado law provides liability protection for a registered nurse (RN) to administer naloxone when “off the clock” – that is to say, when not administering naloxone as part of the RN’s job duties. The Network was also asked about legal liability when administering naloxone as part of an RN’s job duties.


Legal preemption and the prevention of chronic conditions

This article unravels the legal concept of preemption, explains its use as a tool to both thwart or further public health interventions, and offers practical guidance for how to legally navigate around it to address factors underlying chronic conditions.

Human Papillomavirus and Mandatory Immunization Laws: What Can We Learn From Early Mandates?

HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection from the viruses that cause cervical cancers, but vaccinations are controversial. This article examines challenges to jurisdictional mandates on HPV vaccinations for school entry, and examines lessons learned from mandates in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Rhode Island.

Worth Sharing

Bridging the Gaps: Reducing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse and Misuse Summit

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute in a joint partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, will offer a three-day symposium focusing on bridging the legal, public health, consumer protection, enforcement, and medical gaps to address the epidemic surrounding drug and opioid dependence and misuse. The Summit takes place November 14 – 16 at the Westin Arlington Gateway.

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