Network Report


Tax incentives, in the form of tax credits, deductions or exemptions, can be effective legal interventions for advancing the public's health. The Network's new series of resources examines how incentives are being used in innovative ways to support public health initiatives. Learn more.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Tax Incentives as an Injury Prevention Tool

Tax exemptions can be used effectively to encourage the purchase of consumer goods that support public health and safety by reducing the rate of injury or death. A few states have passed sales tax exemptions that fit the bill for public health, including exemptions for child car seats, bicycle helmets, and fire-safety equipment for homes. But these types of tax exemptions are often underutilized.  


Policy Brief: Tax Incentives and Public Health: Injury Prevention on the Road, on the Water, and at Home

This policy brief examines how tax exemptions can encourage the use of child safety seats and bicycle helmets, prevent boating-related fatalities, and promote fire-safety in homes. 


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Policies to Support Physical Activity in Schools

Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions. A policy analyst recently contacted the Network regarding policies designed to support physical activity in large school districts, particularly those related to recess and classroom activities that support physical activity.


2018 Public Health Law Conference:
Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops at the 2018 Public Health Law Conference are designed to provide hands-on training in critical areas of public health law and policy. Don’t miss out on these valuable training opportunities:

  • Public Health Law Academy – Train the Trainer
  • Hands-On Methods Training in Policy Surveillance: A Crash Course in Legal Mapping Techniques and Tools
  • Sharing Data Across Sectors to Improve the Health of Communities
  • Public Health Law in a Nutshell: Pillars, Policies, Practices

Attendees get access to two workshops when they register for pre-conference workshops. Also offered is a career workshop designed for students. Learn more and register now to reserve your spot.


Apply for a Conference Scholarship

Seven partial scholarships will be awarded for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference. These scholarships cover conference registration and one night’s stay in the conference hotel. Travel and other costs will be the responsibility of the scholarship recipients. We are only accepting applications for scholarships from individuals representing governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations who have not received scholarships to past conferences.

Worth Sharing:

Protecting Rights of Children With Medical Complexity in an Era of Spending Reduction

This article in the journal Pediatrics examines how Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and various forms of private health insurance provide access to services that are necessary to promote optimal health, development, and family functioning for children with medical complexity.

JUUL and the Guinea Pig Generation: Public Health Concerns about Use by Young People

The e-cigarette JUUL is the fastest growing brand in the U.S. It has developed a cult-like following among youth and young adults raising deep concern within the public health community. This fact sheet from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center provides an overview of JUUL, examines regulatory issues related to this trendy e-cigarette device, and describes regulatory measures that can help prevent harmful health impacts on users. 

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.

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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.