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Provides a brief overview of selected provisions relevant to public health that are included in the Senate bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S. 3240). After the House has passed a bill, the Network will prepare a similar fact sheet for the House bill.
Provides information about how to get involved in the current Farm Bill reauthorization process.
Decisions made by courts around the country regularly have important public health implications. This issue brief provides descriptions of several types of specialized “public health” courts. Also included are examples of judicial system interventions that have important public health implications. Particular note is made of evidence demonstrating public health effects of specialized courts or judicial interventions.
Each year, there are more than 2500 deaths and 13,000 serious injuries in the U.S. due to house fires. Most people consider smoke detectors as the main solution to this problem, but a better approach is to use sprinklers to prevent the fire from becoming serious. This issue brief covers policy and litigation strategies for reducing residential fire injuries.
Paid sick leave ordinances appear to be an effective way to prevent the spread of disease with little economic impact on businesses. This issue brief analyzes the legal, political and social feasibility of paid sick leave ordinances (includes ordinances from San Francisco, Washington D.C., Milwaukee, New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia and Denver).
Includes information on the scope of the law, requirements, trends and additional resources (focuses on New Hampshire’s laws, which may be similar in other states).
Provides information on cross-border public health agreements, initiatives and considerations including the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and its limitations, examples of cross-border public health activities and legal issues of cross-border agreements.
Illustrates whether each state meets the benchmarks set forth in the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign’s latest report, The State of Children’s Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter.
Provides information on Missouri’s child safety restraint laws and seat belt laws, including the applicability of the law, exceptions, penalties for violating and links to additional resources (focuses on Missouri’s laws, which may have counterparts in other states.
Provides local health officers and their attorneys information on drafting orders to protect the public from environmental hazards by identifying the elements for these orders (focuses on Michigan’s public health code, which likely has similar counterparts in all other states).
Provides an overview of the public health provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Analyzes the effect of the ACA on the availability and accessibility of substance use disorder treatment.
This issue brief provides information on the background, requirements and enforcement of an ACA provision for nursing mothers.
Focuses on the regulations component of the public health legal framework and provides information about the rulemaking process (focuses on Kentucky provisions, which likely have similar counterparts in all other states).
Provides a general overview on the potential liability of boards of health, as well as some practices to avoid or limit liability (focuses on Kentucky provisions, which likely have similar counterparts in all other states).
Provides an overview on how State Attorneys General might address public health issue.
Answers frequently asked questions regarding the duties and authority of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, including licensing requirements and professional activities (focuses on North Carolina provisions, which likely have similar counterparts in all other states).
Summarizes requirements for hospitals to obtain nonprofit status; the benefits of nonprofit status; new requirements for nonprofit status; and suggestions for health departments and hospitals to collaborate.
Identifies some of the legal issues faced by stakeholders in light of Local Health Departments discussing sharing of services.
Analyzes key legal issues concerning the role of private entities as Closed Points of Dispensing (Closed PODs) during non-declared and declared emergencies and public health emergencies.
Addresses potential liability for a failure to refer by a licensed health care provider or public entity operating a Point of Distribution (POD) during non-declared and declared emergencies.
Provides information on the facts, issues and rationales related to a court decision in California.
Provides information on how the 50 states and the District of Columbia have each used key provisions of the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act in their own statutory or regulatory provision.
Assists health officers and their attorneys by identifying potential actions in response to a public health emergency and linking to the applicable law (focuses on Michigan’s public health code, which likely has similar counterparts in all other states).
Addresses liability risks and protections for volunteer health practitioners and entities during an emergency.