Network Report

9/14/17

 

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Improving Health Care Access in Rural Communities through Community Paramedicine

Community paramedicine is an emerging and rapidly evolving field that involves Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers operating in expanded roles in an effort to reach underserved populations. This tactic can be particularly impactful in rural communities as a way to reach geographically-isolated areas and to fill gaps due to shortages of primary care providers.

Network News Round-Up

Some of the public health law and policy stories that made headlines in August include disaster response and public health hazards in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, New York City’s strategy to reduce tobacco use, new powers for air quality officials in California, improved access to health care in New Jersey through telemedicine, and an expansion of the scope of practice for dental hygienists in Wisconsin.

Resources

Emergency Legal Preparedness- Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused massive damage and displaced tens of thousands of people. Federal and state emergency declarations have been made to accelerate relief and recovery efforts through deployment of on-the ground personnel, supplies and health care to help those affected. This Primer provides a snapshot of the emergency declarations and what they authorize.

Legal Interventions to Reduce Opioid Overdose Mortality

Overdoses from opioids like prescription painkillers and heroin are typically reversible through the timely administration of the drug naloxone and the provision of emergency care. However, access to naloxone and emergency treatment is often limited by laws that were developed for other purposes and that pre-date the opioid epidemic. Many states have recently amended those laws to increase access to emergency care for opiate overdose. This resource summarizes states’ naloxone access and Good Samaritan laws.

Webinar

Emergency Declarations to Address the Opioid Crisis – Assessing Impact and Identifying Gaps

Tuesday, September 19 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET

The relentless toll of the opioid epidemic has prompted six states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia — to declare formal states of emergency. Among other powers, declaring a state of emergency allows states and localities to extend access to naloxone, an overdose reversal drug, and makes additional resources available to address the epidemic immediately. A national declaration, which is recommended by the White House Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction, changes the legal and policy landscape to allocate federal funds for treatment and speed up interventions like limiting overprescribing. This webinar examines emergency declarations and their potential impact as well as possible drawbacks.

Ask a Network Attorney

Animal Control Enforcement

A requestor in Michigan recently contacted the Network with concerns regarding animal control management since stray and wild animals can pose a public health threat. Animal bites can spread rabies and some animals can cause injuries. Because the county in which the requester lived lacked funding for an animal control agency, the requester wanted to know who would be responsible for animal control and animal quarantine, and who is obligated to provide it. The Network found a number of relevant Michigan laws.

Public Health Law Research

Association of Paid Sick Leave Laws with Foodborne Illness Rates

Past research suggests an association between paid sick leave and better population health, including fewer infectious disease outbreaks. This study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined whether laws requiring employers to provide paid sick leave are associated with decreased foodborne illness rates, particularly laws that are more supportive of employees taking leave.

Opportunity

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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.