May 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. In 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River. As a result, lead from the aging service lines to homes leached into the drinking water and poisoned thousands of Flint residents. A team of Network attorneys recently published an analysis examining legal aspects of the Flint water crisis. In this webinar, two of the report’s authors will explore the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis and review recommended changes to the relevant laws and their implementation. Then, a health disparities researcher and an activist and community organizer, both based in Flint, will jointly present a community-level response to the crisis. View the playback.
Thursday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Presented by project lead investigators, this webinar examines how health impact assessments and related health impacts may “legally fit” with environmental reviews as explained in the Network’s legal report highlighting 10 opportunities to incorporate health considerations.
A community’s health depends largely on the environment in which residents live, work and play. While multiple factors influence the health of a population, the impact of environmental harms is of significant concern. Harmful environmental exposures can exacerbate already existing health disparities, especially among low income, tribal and minority populations who often suffer a disproportionate share of negative environmental impacts. This issue brief outlines existing and potential legal tools to support environmental justice, such as the use of health impact assessments, environmental reviews conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act, and grant funding to support environmental justice.
Community water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride levels in a water system to prevent tooth decay. This issue brief provides information on the background of community water fluoridation, and explains the roles of federal, state and local governments in providing community water fluoridation.
Specialty courts can be a cost-effective, efficient way of addressing public health problems because they focus on a specific area of law. This webinar presents evaluations of family courts in North Carolina, a drug treatment court in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Philadelphia Lead Court.
Well-planned zoning could help reduce crime and increase neighborhood walkability -- two outcomes integrally tied to improved public health. This webinar examines the laws that impact mixed-use zoning, and describes a new method for evaluating zoning laws.
Environmental noise can lead to an array of health issues including hearing loss and heart disease. This webinar explores which legal tools may be best suited to lessen environmental noise and minimize risk of harm.