Network Report


"Health justice means health equity, dismantling the effects of racism and working towards sustainable policies and innovations that will last through generations. Health justice means being comfortable with uncomfortable topics." – Cindy Jean-Baptiste, 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.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Lessons from Los Angeles: Sanitation as Health Justice for People Experiencing Homelessness

The U.S. is experiencing its worst outbreak of hepatitis A in over 20 years. The outbreak has primarily affected people experiencing homelessness (PEH) due to their lack of access to sanitation and hygiene facilities. In Los Angeles alone, one study found only nine public toilets for every 1,777 PEH. As a result, the city has initiated community and local government interventions designed to address this shortfall.


Law and Policy Perspectives:

Cooperative Extension and 4-H as Partners in Creating Healthy Communities

Extension programs connect land grant universities and the larger public, bringing academic research to communities that can apply it. Programming at the recently held National Health Outreach Conference, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension System, focused on engaging in a culture of health and highlighted ways in which Extension programs are collaborating with others to advance community health. 


Health Justice, Homelessness and Sanitation: Confonting a National Public Health Crisis

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.



Primer: Opioid-related Public Health Emergency Declarations

The opioid epidemic continues to take a toll on communities throughout the U.S. One in five deaths among adults aged 25-34 are now due to opioid-related causes. This regularly updated Primer on Opioid-related Public Health Emergencies provides key information and visual snapshots of federal, state, tribal, and local emergency declarations in response to the opioid crisis across the U.S.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:

Federal Laws Regarding Lobbying and Advocacy

Federal laws restrict the use of federal funds for lobbying activities. A public health officer contacted the Network asking for clarification on the distinction between lobbying and advocacy. Broadly, the use of federal funding cannot “…influence an officer or employee of any agency or Congressional member/staff regarding federal awards.” But a more accurate answer is more complex. The Network several resources to help clarify the issue.

Worth Sharing:

FDA Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and the 'Deeming' Rule: What's Left for States?

Authored by Network attorneys William Tilburg, Kathleen Hoke and Mellissa Sager, and published in the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, this article summarizes the new federal regulations governing electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The article also includes a review of scientific studies on the health effects associated with ENDS and policy options to reduce youth access and use that do not prevent or unduly burden adult smokers using ENDS to quit smoking.

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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.