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Ebola and the Law: What You Need to Know

posted on Mon, Aug 11 2014 12:40 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

A Webinar Co-Sponsored by The Network for Public Health Law, CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the American Health Lawyers Association

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Tuesday, August 12 — 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET.

In March 2014, an outbreak of the Ebola virus was discovered in Guinea–a first for any country in West Africa. While public health personnel responded to the Guinea outbreak immediately, by June the virus had spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. In July, two American aid workers infected with Ebola were medically evacuated to the United States for care at a specially designed high-security isolation unit at Emory University Hospital. These events raise questions and concerns for public health and healthcare attorneys, and their clients, related to legal preparedness for potential infectious disease outbreaks, and highlight a need to explore the role of law in preparing for this and similar potential public health emergencies.

This webinar, co-sponsored by The Network for Public Health Law (the Network), CDC’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP), and the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), will describe the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, discuss legal issues that arise when infected patients enter the U.S., and explore legal powers and duties health department personnel have if an Ebola outbreak occurs in the U.S. Speakers will accept questions from participants at the end of the presentation.

Moderator:

  • Matthew Penn, M.L.I.S., J.D., Director, Public Health Law Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Confirmed)

Speakers:

  • Brian Bird, M.S.P.H., D.V.D., Ph.D., Veterinary Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
  • Jane Jordan, J.D., Deputy General Counsel/Chief Counsel for Health Affairs and Acting Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Emory University Hospital
  • James Hodge, Jr., J.D., L.L.M., Director, the Network for Public Health Law — Western Region at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law