Network Report

10/26/17

 

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-Informed Policy Approaches

An adverse childhood experience (ACE), if untreated, can negatively affect health and well-being throughout a person’s lifetime. Policymakers have taken note of the growing body of ACE research, and there has been a promising surge in proposed policies that recognize the impact of ACEs and incorporate trauma-informed approaches.

Resource

Youth Sports Concussion Laws

A recent study published by the American Journal of Public Health looking at youth sports concussion laws passed between 2009 and 2014 found that the laws have led to a "significant decline" in repeated concussions among young athletes. To-date, these laws have been passed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Network’s resource on youth sports concussion laws outlines specific aspects of the laws, including which states require return-to-play protocols for student athletes, which type of provider can issue a return-to-play clearance, and whether or not the law applies to recreational sports.       

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.

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.

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Plastic Bag Bans and Preemption

In recent years, state and local governments have been concerned about the use of plastic bags and their impact on the environment and public health. The Network recently received an inquiry from a climate and health specialist about resources related to preemption of local laws by states, specifically state-level preemption of bans on the use of plastic bags by grocery stores, convenience stores and other establishments.

2017 APHA Annual Meeting

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!

Career Opportunity

Privacy Officer - Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University is searching for a Privacy Officer, reporting directly to the Office of the Provost, who will have the primary responsibility for developing, implementing and maintaining a strategic and comprehensive privacy program for Texas A&M University in accordance with federal and state laws. The application deadline is November 15, 2017.

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

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