Network Report


Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

FDA’s Recent Drug Labeling Changes Will Help Pregnant Women and Their Physicians

The CDC estimates that at least 90 percent of women take at least one medication during pregnancy. However, there is very little information on whether certain medications are safe to take during pregnancy. The FDA’s new Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule aims to address this issue by making known drug safety data readily available to doctors and patients.

Licensing E-Cigarette Retailers and Vape Shops

Twenty states still do not have comprehensive indoor smoking restrictions and only California and Hawaii have raised the minimum tobacco purchase age to 21. One tobacco control method often overlooked by communities is tobacco licensing. State and local licensing enables communities to enforce tobacco-related laws by identifying the retail businesses that sell tobacco products.


Expanding Contraceptive Access: Developing and Implementing State-based Approaches – TODAY at 1 p.m. ET

Reproductive health services—including ensuring access to contraceptives—are critical to safeguarding and promoting public health. While the Affordable Care Act ushered in national legal and policy changes for contraceptive coverage, states have also played a key role in expanding access to contraceptives. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, will focus on the critical role of state health departments in shaping, advocating for, and implementing unique policies and programs to expand contraceptive access to their residents. The webinar will take place TODAY, March 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

Transportation as a Social Determinant of Health – March 30 at 1 p.m. ET

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, will discuss how transportation policy, and accompanying legislative interventions, can impact public health. Speakers will describe transportation as a social determinant of health, how public transportation and infrastructure impact health outcomes related to physical health, and trends in using transportation law to address public health issues.  

Legal Technical Assistance Knowledge Base

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Check out the beta version of the Network’s Legal Technical Assistance Knowledge Base, a new online tool that allows users to access a limited number of records from our extensive database of legal technical assistance, including legal insights on topics such as overdose prevention, emergency legal preparedness, public health data sharing and more. Your input will help us improve and expand on this new public health law tool!

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Domestic Violence and Firearm Access

The Network provided the requestor with a resource report entitled Guns and Violence against Women, produced by Everytown, which contains a summary of state laws. According to the report, in 35 states, state law “does not prohibit all people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes and all people subject to restraining orders from buying or using guns.”

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