Network Report

8/16/18

Public health law is a multi-faceted field of theory and practice which is constantly changing to respond to new challenges, interpretations and evidence-based findings. Explore the role of law in a new era of public health in this workshop, at the upcoming 2018 Public Health Law Conference.


  

Law and Policy Perspectives:
Medical-Legal Partnerships Are Public Health Law Issue-Spotters

Differences in implementation and enforcement of certain laws, like housing codes and immigration laws, can result in health-harming and disparate health outcomes among different communities and populations. Medical-Legal Partnerships, which work at the individual and community level, are uniquely positioned to identify legal failures and gaps and are important partners for public health. Often, patterns in individual health challenges reflect a need for population-level intervention.  


  

Resources:
Fact Sheet: Overdose Reporting Requirements

As powerful synthetic opioids become more available, it is imperative that health departments and other relevant actors are provided with accurate, timely and actionable information on both fatal and non-fatal overdose. This fact sheet provides a snapshot of current and proposed laws, regulations and sub-regulatory sources governing mandatory disease reporting.


    

Webinar:
Housing Law and the Impact on Domestic Violence Survivors

August 29, 1:00 -2:30 p.m. EST

Many municipalities in the U.S. have enacted nuisance property ordinances, which can have harmful effects on victims of domestic violence. Attend this webinar to learn about the impact of housing law on domestic violence survivors, hear from speakers with experience advocating for the housing rights of domestic violence survivors, and obtain tools and strategies that can be used to provide legal protections for victims.


  

Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Cross-Jurisdictional Public Health Service Sharing Agreements

Many local health departments (LHDs) often seek ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs by sharing service delivery and other functions with other LHDs, agencies and entities. A director of a health department recently contacted the Network to obtain examples of contracts in which a county engages with a city for services. The Network provided several resources on cross-jurisdictional sharing.


  

2018 Public Health Law Conference:
Empower Public Health: Contribute to the Conference Scholarship Fund

You can help bring resource-strapped public health practitioners, lawyers, advocates and students to the 2018 Public Health Law Conference. Your tax-deductible contribution will be pooled with others to help pay for travel and housing costs, registration and other expenses. Individual and organizational donors have made it possible for us to grant seven partial scholarships to date, but we would like to do more. Help empower public health. Contribute to the scholarship fund.

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Worth Sharing:
Status of US State Laws Mandating Timely Reporting of Nonfatal Overdose

Network Deputy Director Corey Davis co-authored this article, published in the American Journal of Public Health, in which he and his co-authors outline the importance of making timely, actionable, nonfatal overdose data available to health officials in order to drive rapid, coordinated community responses to increases in opioid overdoses. The article examines the current state of the law regarding nonfatal overdose reporting in the U.S. and suggests the actions that are needed in order to improve public health response to the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic.


Thank You!
Your interest in the work of the Network is important. Together, we can advance law as a tool to improve public health. Please forward the Report and encourage others to join the Network!

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.