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Exploring Social Determinants of Health through a Public Health Law Lens

posted on Thu, Jul 14 2016 12:00 am by The Network

Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

The World Health Organization defines social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” These conditions are shaped by factors such as the economy, political systems, and the distribution of resources. The health of a population is affected by social circumstances and the inequities that pervade them. The law can perpetuate negative social determinants of health, but it can also remedy them by improving social conditions, leading to better population health. Public health law addresses these concerns in various ways from providing access to safer living conditions to prohibiting discrimination.

This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, will explore how the law can address social determinants of health, the ACA’s impact on health disparities through its civil rights provision, and the reduction of health disparities through increased recreational access.


  • Scott Burris, J.D., Director, Public Health Law Research
  • Dawn Pepin, J.D., M.P.H., Public Health Analyst/Carter Consulting Contractor, CDC Public Health Law Program
  • Ellie Gladstone, J.D., M.P.H., Senior Staff Attorney, ChangeLab Solutions


  • Donna Levin, J.D., National Director, Network for Public Health Law


Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.