Network Report



"Health justice means that people are put first, in front of the dollar...Not turning away when you see someone in need or someone not seen as perfect in our society." – Network member.

What does health justice mean to you? Share your insights and join us at the 2018 Public Health Law Conference to learn about the critical health justice issues so many of us are tackling.


Issue Brief: Health Justice for People Experiencing Homelessness: Confronting the U.S. Public Sanitation and Hygiene Crisis

The current U.S. hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak illuminates systemic failures to address the health needs of people experiencing homelessness (PEH), including sanitation and hygiene, and shows the practical population health effects of poverty. This issue brief examines the connection between HAV and barriers to essential public toilet, handwashing, shower and laundry services for PEH; provides a menu of legal and policy opportunities to advance access; and offers examples of promising community efforts.


Health Justice, Homelessness and Sanitation

June 28, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

The U.S. is grappling with its worst hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak since the federal government approved a vaccine in 1995. The outbreak has disproportionally affected people experiencing homelessness (PEH). Attend this webinar to learn about the connection between sanitation and hygiene access, homelessness and the national HAV outbreak; current government responses to the outbreak; and legal and policy opportunities to further sanitation and hygiene access for PEH.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Public Health Law News Round-Up


Some of the public health law and policy stories that made headlines recently include a Justice Department declaration that key provisions of the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional; a proposed change to a Medicaid rule to address the opioid crisis; rising suicide rates in the U.S.; the multi-state hepatitis A virus outbreak; studies showing the effectiveness of certain gun laws; and Virginia’s decision to expand its Medicaid programs.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Using Taxing Districts to Fund Health Care and Public Health Programs

Local health departments often seek additional funding to support health care and public health programs within their jurisdictions. A requester in Arizona recently contacted the Network about forming special taxing districts, which can impose secondary property taxes for the development and maintenance of health care and public health programs. 

Worth Sharing:

Health, Law, and the LGBT Community: An Unfinished Story

Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, notes how discriminatory laws and the marginalization of LGBT populations have contributed to significant public health disparities among this group. He cites the growing body of work showing how HIV, suicide risk, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, physical disability, and mental distress disproportionally affect sexual minorities. Dr. Galea will be the keynote speaker at the Network’s 2018 National Public Health Law Conference, October 4 – 6 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s conference theme is Health Justice: Empowering Public Health and Advancing Health Equity.

Job Opening: MLP Legal Services Supervisor Position - UW-Madison Law School

Working with the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP) and Neighborhood Law Clinic (NLC) at the University of Wisconsin Law School, this clinical instructor position will coordinate legal services and supervise law and graduate students as they handle cases and client services-related to health and health harming legal issues. Students provide services in area primary care clinics and CPP's patient advocacy clinic. View full job description.

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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.