Network Report

10/12/17

 

2018 Public Health Law Conference

Save-the-Date and Call for Abstracts

The Network and ASLME are excited to announce the 2018 Public Health Law Conference will take place October 4 – 6 in Phoenix, Arizona. We are now accepting abstracts for proposed panels and individual presentations. We encourage submission of abstracts related to this year's Conference theme, Health Justice: Empowering Public Health and Advancing Health Equity, as well as abstracts on other timely public health law topics. Deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2017. 

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

At the Intersection of Teen Driving and Tire Safety

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. One often-overlooked issue in crash prevention is tire maintenance. A 2012 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 12 percent of crashes among inexperienced drivers were tire-related, while only 5 percent of crashes among experienced drivers were tire-related, suggesting that inexperienced drivers may lack knowledge about safe vehicle maintenance. Efforts to standardize and promote driver education across the country may be one way to address this issue.

Resources

Public Health Lawyer Directory

This online directory helps those in the public health community connect with lawyers who can provide legal technical assistance and other services on a broad array of issues. Users can search on a health topic and get a list of legal experts who can help them with legal or policy questions. The Directory contains attorneys from the Network, the CDC Public Health Law Program, the Public Health Law Center, Public Health Law Research, ChangeLab Solutions, ASTHO and NACCHO, as well as a number of city and state health departments.            

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Series: Crafting Richer Public Health Messages — Gaining Broad Policy Support in Politically Polarized Times 

Designed for public health practitioners, lawyers, researchers and scientists, government and healthcare officials, and business and community leaders, this three-part webinar series will explore the interdisciplinary messaging teamwork necessary to fashion legal and policy interventions in these politically polarized times. Using concepts and frameworks adapted from both Moral Foundations Theory and the Five Essential Public Health Law Services, the presenters will describe fresh approaches and practical examples for convincing lawmakers and the public to adopt new policies during these challenging times.

Ask a Network Attorney

“Over the Counter” Naloxone Access

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have now modified their laws to increase access to naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose to heroin or other opioid painkillers. The Network was recently asked about the number of states in which naloxone can be purchased “over the counter”.  While there are a wide variety of steps that states, localities, and private businesses can take to increase access to naloxone, they cannot make it available “over the counter” or “without a prescription.”

Conferences and Meetings

The Network at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting

If you’re attending the APHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta next month, be sure to connect with Network attorneys and staff at sessions and events, including the Network-sponsored Health Law Section Reception. Network members (if you’re getting this newsletter, you’re a member) who stop by our booth at the Expo will receive a small thank you gift for supporting the Network’s mission through your continued involvement. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

 

Check the Network website regularly for the latest updates and resources.

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The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.

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