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Executive Decision Making and Liability for Public Health Officials

posted on Wed, Dec 20 2017 10:37 am by Network for Public Health Law

January 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

Co-sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Partnership for Public Health Law* 

Public health officials have great discretion in carrying out their responsibilities to protect health. However, this discretion can be legally challenged by individuals, organizations, and government.

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By attending this webinar, you'll learn about:

  • Discretionary authority public health officials have in carrying out their duties
  • Situations where use of discretion may be legally challenged
  • Factors the law requires to show proof of an abuse of discretion
  • Tools to assist public health decision making (the recent prosecutions of health officials for the Legionella outbreak in Flint, Michigan will serve as an example)


  • Jason Coates, Public Health Policy Analyst, American Public Health Association


  • Denise Chrysler, Director, Network for Public Health Law - Mid-States Region Office
  • Matthew Penn, Director, Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lance Gable, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School

You 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.


*The Partnership for Public Health Law is a collaborative of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the American Public Health Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the National Association of Local Boards of Health.