Public health officials, attorneys, policy-makers and advocates have reached out to the Network with requests for legal assistance. Below are some of these requests and the responses given by Network attorneys. To protect privacy, names are not included in the examples. In addition, the Network will not share an example if a requestor asks for his or her request to be withheld.
If you have a question, submit it here.
The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) is a federally-funded program in the United States providing no-cost vaccines to children who lack health insurance or who cannot otherwise afford the cost of vaccination. A public health worker from Arizona recently contacted the Network asking several questions about the VFC Program and insurance coverage.
Vitamin K shots are recommended for newborns to protect them from Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding. A public health analyst recently contacted the Network for information about Oregon’s and other states’ statutes and codes addressing administration of vitamin K to newborns.
The Network was contacted by a public health practitioner looking for research on vision and hearing problems in low-income children, and access to screening and other services.
Newborn screening is an important public health program that detects rare but serious genetic and metabolic disorders before symptoms appear. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 amends the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend a grant program for screening, counseling, and other services related to heritable disorders that can be detected in newborns.
Guidance and policy on mandatory oral health risk assessments for kids entering kindergarten.
The Network was recently contacted by an advocate for child and maternal health who said organizations in her state are considering proposing a bill to extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers up to one year after birth.
The Network received a request from a health official who asked how other states regulate the practice of midwifery. Midwives are health professionals who provide care to women during pregnancy and childbirth.
A local health official contacted the Network with a question about California’s Hospital Infant Feeding Act. Signed into law in October 2011, the Act requires California’s Department of Public Health to promote breastfeeding and develop model training for California hospitals.
The Network received a series of requests from a public health practitioner regarding how best to pursue an open space plan and a joint use agreement in a local community.
A state official consulted with the Network in preparation for a public rulemaking hearing to determine the responsibilities of local public health agencies in the official’s state. A local public health agency expressed concern that the proposed rules did not address maternal and child health services as a stand-alone core service, but rather included maternal-child services under other categories of services.