Network Report

9/28/17

 

Network Forms National Advisory Board

Cross-Sector Leaders to Provide Strategic Guidance on Major Network Initiatives

The Network has formed a new National Advisory Board with an esteemed group of leaders representing the critical sectors of law, medicine, health care, education, housing, public health and government. The Board, chaired by Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, will provide strategic guidance to the Network as we undertake major initiatives in the next two years. Board members are Michael Botticelli, Steven Gravely, Dr. Howard Koh, Rebecca Morley, Karin Schwartz, Dr. Umair Shah, Joaquin Tamayo and Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom. 

Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

Climate Change: Recommended Reading for the Public Health Sector

Numerous public health practitioners and researchers have been assessing and monitoring the health effects of the changing climate. Two recently published books have the potential to help the public health sector continue to move from assessing climate interventions to implementing them as effective policy. Both books come at a critical time in the evolution of the public health response to climate change. 

Resources

Emergency Legal Preparedness- Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria 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. 

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.

Webinar One:
Crafting Richer Public Health Messages using Moral Foundations Theory 
October 28, 1 - 2:30 EST

Webinar Two:
Crafting Richer Public Health Messages: Messaging and the 5 Essential Public Health Law Services
November 30, 1 - 2:30 EST

Webinar Three:
Crafting Richer Public Health Messages: Lessons and Examples for State and Local Advocacy 
December 14, 1 - 2:30 EST

Ask a Network Attorney

Resources, Tools, and Ordinances to Create Incentives for Bike Facilities

The Network was recently contacted by a policy analyst at a state health department about whether there were known best-practices or resources that focus on zoning ordinances, requirements, or incentives for developers that encourage biking through the creation of bikes lanes, the installation of bike racks and similar initiatives in new housing developments. The Network provided the requester with information on several resources, evaluative tools and sample ordinances on biking.

Public Health Law Research

Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws

Scope of practice laws for nurses vary across states. The newest map on LawAtlas.org tracks these variations, including whether nurse practitioners are provided full or limited practice authority, whether there is a transition to practice requirement that will give them greater autonomy after certain requirements are met, and a list of activities they may conduct autonomously, including whether they may prescribe medication.

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

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