Network Report


Keynote Address

2018 Public Health Law Conference
October 4 - 6 | Phoenix, AZ | #PHLC2018

As a nationally recognized leader in health equity, Dr. Sandro Galea’s insights into how we can take a leadership role in confronting and influencing the social, political and economic factors that affect the health of our communities will be one of the major highlights of the 2018 Public Health Conference. For those unable to attend the conference, please join us October 5 for this live webcast of Dr. Galea’s keynote address. Register here.


Law and Policy Perspectives:
Congress Points to Local Communities Adopting Trauma Informed Approaches

Recently passed resolutions in the House and Senate recognize the importance, effectiveness and need for trauma-informed care in the existing programs of federal agencies, and encourages federal agencies to adopt a trauma informed approach to their work. The resolutions cite examples of trauma informed practices, programs and policies implemented at the state, tribal and local levels. Many of the examples are from local communities and some involve a legal component.


Exploring How Law and Policy Can Help Us Build a Society Where All People Live Long and Healthy Lives

The Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) Law and Health Policy project aims to advance our understanding of legal and policy strategies that may be used to achieve the 10-year national HP2020 objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Efforts are now underway to identify objectives and targets for Healthy People 2030, and the Law and Health Policy project will be seeking insights and perspectives from the public health community at the 2018 Public Health Law Conference.


Issue Overview: Identifying Legal and Policy Strategies to Promote Mental Health and Well-Being

Mental health is deeply interconnected with physical health. The law provides tools to improve health by addressing physical, social and economic factors that influence health outcomes at the population level. This overview outlines current needs and trends in mental health promotion, including innovative legal strategies, as well as gaps where additional research and advocacy is needed.


Legal Technical Assistance Highlight:
Authority of States to Purchase Vaccines: A Review of Laws in Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota

While private practices account for the majority of vaccinations, public and other settings are a critical source of vaccines for individuals who experience financial, geographic, or other access barriers. States have adopted a wide range of strategies to support efficient and cost-effective vaccine purchase and delivery. A state department of health employee conducting an analysis of states’ ability to purchase vaccines to dispense to school districts and local health departments contacted the Network for assistance.

Worth Sharing:
2019 NCTOH Call for Abstracts

The 2019 National Conference on Tobacco or Health will be held August 27-29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference Call for Abstracts is now open! Practitioners working in the field of tobacco control are invited to submit their work to be considered for inclusion at the conference. Abstracts are sought under 10 Program Areas in multiple session formats. Visit to learn more and access the submission portal. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 16, 2018.

The Law and Health Policy Report

The Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy project aims to inform public health policymakers, community organizations, and health educators about the role of policy in improving health outcomes. The project has just released the report, The Role of Law and Policy in Achieving the Healthy People 2020 Nutrition and Weight Status Goals of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake in the United States, which shares federal, state, tribal and local policy efforts to improve fruit and vegetable intake.

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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.