Network Report

6/8/17

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

How the Law Can Help Realize the Potential of School Nursing in Public Health

Registered professional school nurses provide important access to prevention services, early detection, and mental health services for school-aged children and adolescents. For many children, the school nurse may be the only health care provider they will see all year, but there is a need for law and policy change to improve access to school nursing services.

Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Public Health Law Practice – a Q&A

Mental health can be core to injury and disease prevention, and law and policy can play a role in promoting mental health. Jill Krueger, Director of the Network’s Northern Region Office co-authored the article, “Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Public Health Law Practice.”  In this Q&A, Jill discusses the article and how it addresses a critical public health issue.

Public Health Law News Round-up – May

Some of the public health law and policy stories that made headlines in May include new legislation in Delaware addressing opioid addiction and overdose; states’ efforts to change laws that prohibit the use of sunscreen in schools; active transportation as a tool for increasing physical activity among children; regulation of donated breastmilk; the gap in maternal care in the U.S.; and the impact of federal and state preemption on local paid sick leave laws.

Resource

Legal Liability Protections for Emergency Medical/Public Health Responses

Liability protections are in place at both the state and local levels for different types of actors and entities involved in emergency response efforts. This table highlights those potential liability protections for individuals, including health care workers, volunteers and private sector employees; and entities, including government agencies, hospitals or healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations.

Webinar

Congressional Action on Health Care and the Restructuring of Medicaid

Congress is considering many changes to how the health care system currently operates, including repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and dramatically restructuring Medicaid, the largest public health program for low-income individuals and families. Over 74 million individuals depend on Medicaid for their health care and more than 12 million have received coverage through the ACA’s marketplaces. Join us for a webinar on June 15 at 1 p.m. ET for the latest updates on the efforts in Congress and what could happen to the ACA and Medicaid.

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Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) is a federally funded program in the United States providing no-cost vaccines to children who lack health insurance or who cannot otherwise afford the cost of vaccination. A public health worker from Arizona recently contacted the Network with questions about eligibility and fees for the Vaccines for Children Program.

Career Opportunities

Staff Attorney - Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence is hiring a staff attorney to work under its Legal Director. This is a full time position located in Washington D.C., and candidates must have a J.D. and membership in the D.C. Bar, Virginia Bar, Maryland Bar, or eligibility to waive into the D.C. Bar. Some background in the following areas is strongly preferred: firearms law, domestic violence law, constitutional law, public policy, drafting legislation.

Tobacco Health Disparities and Treating Tobacco Dependence Coordinator

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently recruiting a Human Services Program Coordinator-Senior position in the Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Tobacco Prevention and Control Section. The coordinator leads the effort to address tobacco-related disparities for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program implementing “Bringing Everyone Along: A Strategic Plan to Identify and Address Tobacco-Related Disparities” with partners across the state. The deadline to apply is June 13.

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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.