Network Report


The Network is pleased to announce the speakers for the Leaders in Health Justice plenary at the 2018 Public Health Law Conference: Dr. Umair Shah, President of NACCHO; Brian Castrucci, Chief Executive Officer at the de Beaumont Foundation; Bethany A. Johnson-Javois, Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network; and Professor Elizabeth Tobin-Tyler, co-author of Essentials of Health Justice: A Primer. Learn more about the plenary and get a preview of the full preliminary conference schedule. Early bird registration ends May 15.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Next Generation 911: Legislation to Upgrade Maryland's Emergency Response System

Many of us use smartphones every day to send text messages, share videos, get from point A to point B, and even share our location with another person. While these services are of particular value during an emergency, they are not available to many 911 dispatch centers and emergency services around the country. In Maryland, legislation was passed to advance Next Generation 911 in the state.


50-State Survey: State Lead Testing Policies for Children Not Enrolled in Medicaid

Currently, 20 jurisdictions have mandatory lead testing laws for children outside of the Medicaid program. There are three major categories of testing requirements: universal testing, targeted testing, and hybrid testing. Seven jurisdictions have universal testing requirements, seven states have targeted testing requirements, and five have hybrid policies. This survey summarizes lead testing requirements in each state across the country.


Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Implications and Community Health Impacts

May 15, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

The Flint water crisis was the result of shortcomings in the structure and implementation of laws related to public health, safe drinking water, and emergency financial management. Attend this webinar to learn about the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis, the recommended changes to the relevant laws and their implementation, the ongoing public health impacts in the Flint community, as well as the community-level response to the crisis.  


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
State Immunization and Lead Level Screening Requirements

A requester contacted the Network for information regarding which states allow religious exemptions to school immunization requirements and which states have blood lead level screening requirements. Surveys of states’ laws, from both the Network and other sources, detail policies currently in effect across the U.S.

Worth Sharing:

Job Opening: Network Public Health Attorney

The Network is seeking a Public Health Attorney to work in its Northern Region, located in Edina, Minnesota. This position will work closely with the Network’s Mid-States Region. The Public Health Attorney will provide legal technical assistance, conduct trainings, develop tools and educational materials, and facilitate opportunities for networking and peer-assistance on a wide variety of public health law topics. View the full job description here.

Public Health Law on the Frontlines: Countering Law and Policy Challenges to State and Local Innovations

The Network is pleased to be among the sponsors of this two-day program, June 21-22 in Washington, D.C. The program will examine existing and proposed alterations to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the regulation of opioids and marijuana, gun violence, reproductive rights, and the cumulative health care and the public health challenges associated with changing dynamics affecting the health of populations.

2018 Public Health Law Conference Scholarship Fund

Help bring resource-strapped public health practitioners, lawyers, advocates and students to the 2018 Public Health Law Conference - Health Justice: Empowering Public Health and Advancing Health Equity. Your tax-deductible contribution will help pay for travel and housing costs, registration and other expenses. Give through our secure online form. You can also mail in your contribution with this printable form.

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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.