Network Report

10/25/18

At the recent 2018 National Public Health Conference, Dr. Sandro Galea delivered a remarkable keynote on population health in America, examining the social, political and economic factors that affect the health of our communities. A leading voice in health equity, Dr. Galea laid out the 10 things we need to talk about when we talk about health. Watch his Keynote Presentation.


  

Law and Policy Perspectives:
Reauthorizing the Federal Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is highly regarded as the first piece of federal legislation to recognize the criminal nature of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The law was set to expire on September 30, 2018 and rather than fully re-authorizing it, Congress only extended the VAWA until December 7, 2018. The future of the legislation is uncertain, even as crime statistics and public health impacts illustrate continued need of its protections.

  

Improving Health Equity through Collaboration with Medical-Legal Partnerships

Medical-legal Partnerships (MLPs) integrate lawyers into health care settings to assist with patient care by addressing structural problems that impact health. As a result, MLPs help identify ways in which laws harm population health and perpetuate health disparities. But that is only the beginning: MLP practitioners are also key partners in changing harmful laws and practices.


  

Resources:
Issue Brief: Legal and Non-Legal Strategies to Improve Childhood Lead Screening Rates in Illinois and Ohio

Lead exposure remains the most significant and widespread environmental hazard for children in the United States. Despite the prevalence of lead in U.S. homes and infrastructure and the well-known harms associated with childhood lead exposure, lead screenings are not performed consistently. This issue brief examines existing legal screening requirements in Illinois and Ohio (including state laws and Medicaid requirements) and explores legal and non-legal strategies for improving lead screening rates in these states.

  

Legal Considerations for Community Health Workers and their Employers

For decades, community health workers (CHWs) have improved access to health in underserved communities by helping to make health care, education and prevention efforts more accessible and culturally relevant to their communities. This issue brief explores legal issues relating to the regulation and employment of community health workers. It outlines the authority for states to regulate CHWs, describes types of state legislation and activity currently affecting CHWs, and provides considerations for employers utilizing the services of CHWs.


  

Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Psychologists’ Authority to Diagnose ADHD to Determine Special Education Eligibility

Poor impulse control and an inability to concentrate are hallmarks of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Left undiagnosed and unaddressed, ADHD can lead to significant problems and poor outcomes for school-aged children. A requester contacted the Network to ask whether Minnesota law permits psychologists to diagnose ADHD for purposes of determining special education eligibility.

Conferences and Meetings:
The Network at the 2018 APHA Annual Meeting

If you’re attending the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego next month, be sure to connect with Network attorneys and staff at sessions and events, including the Network-sponsored Health Law Section Reception. Stop by our booth at the Expo and receive a thank you gift for supporting the Network’s mission. We hope to see you in San Diego!

Worth Sharing:
2018 Network for Public Health Law Impact Report: Promoting Health & Health Equity Through Law & Policy

Learn how the Network assists public health agencies and organizations in identifying legal and policy solutions and opportunities to protect health and promote positive health outcomes in its annual Impact Report.  In providing access to evidence and expertise, transformative knowledge, and connections to peers and experts, the Network continually supports and amplifies the important work of the public health community. 


Thank You!
Your interest in the work of the Network is important. Together, we can advance law as a tool to improve public health. Please forward the Report and encourage others to join the Network!

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.