Network Report


The Network is pleased to announce Dr. Sandro Galea as Keynote for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference. Dr. Galea is a leading advocate for public health approaches that are rooted in social justice, emphasizing the need to address socio-economic disadvantages and historical and present-day injustices, including poverty, unsafe housing, limited access to care, and institutional racism. Dr. Galea was named one of "Time" magazine’s epidemiology innovators, and has been listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” Learn more about Dr. Galea.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
A Nation's Response to the School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

In the aftermath of the killing of 17 people and the injuring of 15 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Florida, the Trump administration has considered various gun control measures, including strengthening the national background check system and a ban on bump-stocks. Several states currently employ other evidence-based gun control measures that have demonstrated efficacy in preventing gun deaths and injuries.


Issue Brief: Legal Tools to Support Environmental Justice

Since many environmental harms are more likely to impact low income, minority and tribal populations, environmental justice aims to maintain a healthful environment, especially for those populations who are traditionally negatively impacted by environmental exposures. This issue brief outlines existing and potential legal tools to support environmental justice, such as the use of health impact assessments, environmental reviews conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act, and grant funding to support environmental justice.


Local Health Policy 101: Understanding Ordinances, Resolutions, and Proclamations

April 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Reviewing and updating public health laws and policies is an essential part of public health. At the local level, this task falls to boards of health, health departments, city and county governments, and their legal counsel. All of the players must understand their role and their legal authority. This webinar will discuss resources and strategies for researching law and policy at the local level, and highlight examples of legal and policy innovations in small and medium-sized communities, as well as in the nation’s largest cities.  


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Coverage of Meals for Low-Income Children Traveling for Medical Care

Access to transportation and nutritious food are essential for children in need of medically necessary health care services. A requester contacted the Network seeking guidance on whether, and how, states cover meals for low-income children when they are traveling for medical care. The Network examined how state Medicaid programs cover certain travel-related expenses necessary to secure examinations and treatment for children who are eligible for the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit.

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Research Scholar Positions: J.D. Degree Required

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is seeking applicants for the position of Research Scholar in its Center for Public Health Law and Policy (CPHLP). Candidates will work full-time (or part-time, subject to availability) with a collaborative team of faculty, fellows, and students on national and regional public health law and policy projects.

CDC Externships in Public Health Law

CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP) offers externships in public health law, tribal public health, and administration and communication. The externships last 9 to 14 weeks and consist of professional work experience at PHLP’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. Applications for fall 2018 positions are due by April 30, 2018.

Summer 2018 Advanced Seminar in Injury Prevention: Using Evidence in Practice

Using Evidence in Practice is a two-day course offered through the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy 2018 Summer Institute at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The course will focus on how to integrate evidence described in scientific literature through the life of a program. The course will be held June 11-12 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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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.