Network Report

11/9/17

 

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

When Kids' Lunches Get Schooled: Scaling Back the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

The standards implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act helped increase students’ consumption of fruit and vegetables, and contributed to stabilized and declining childhood obesity rates. The Department of Agriculture’s recent plans to scale back some of these standards could halt or reverse the significant advances that have been made in the nutritional quality of school lunch programs.

Pharmacist Prescribing Authority: A Method to Increase Access to Care

There is a growing trend to expand the scope of practice for pharmacists to prescribe a variety of drugs, including nicotine replacement therapy, emergency contraception, and antidotes for opioid overdose. States like Maryland, California, New Mexico and Colorado are implementing approaches that allow pharmacists to provide certain health services to communities that need better access to care.

Resource

Primer: Opioid-related Public Health Emergency Declarations

On October 26, the Trump administration directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, which among other actions, allows HHS to assign personnel and direct funds to address the crisis. This Primer provides an overview of the federal declaration as well as, state, tribal and local emergency declarations in response to the opioid crisis across the U.S.

Webinar

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

November 30, 1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
The Five Essential Public Health Law Services framework reflects key scientific, legal, and advocacy activities necessary to support the timely adoption and diffusion of effective public health legal and policy interventions. The foundations of the framework are based on public health law success stories, like tobacco control. This webinar will explore how this framework can be employed to more successfully advance public health law initiatives — with specific focus on preemption, housing code enforcement, and early childhood care and education — and examine the critical way messaging supports the service

Ask a Network Attorney

Authority to Prescribe the Anti-overdose Medication Naloxone within Wisconsin

A requester recently contacted the Network for clarification on who is permitted to prescribe naloxone directly or via standing order in Wisconsin. Specifically, the requester wanted to know the prescriber authority and criminal liability for advanced practice nurses versus registered or licensed nurse practitioners.

Online Training in Public Health Law

Public Health Law Academy

The recently-launched Public Health Law Academy provides free online, on-demand training for public health professionals at local, state, and federal levels. The trainings provide a deeper understanding of the use of law and policy to improve population health outcomes and are designed for public health professionals, lawyers, nurses, educators, advocates, faculty and students. The Academy is a joint project of the CDC Public Health Law Program and ChangeLab Solutions.

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