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Public Health Preparedness Law


JusticeScalesThe importance of building public health legal capacity at the local level has been highlighted in many public health journals and through public health incidents, such as H1N1. After action reports from the H1N1 response identified legal hurdles for local health departments such as protection from legal liability; the coordination and procurement of resources and response efforts among local health departments and private-sector organizations; expansion of public health legal authority; and standards for credentialing volunteers. With limited financial and staff resources, local public health departments often do not have easy access to legal assistance especially that which is public health preparedness focused. This complicates the ability of our nations'' local health departments to serve their populations when confronted with legal questions, including those issues involving public health preparedness.

NACCHO, with support from the CDC Public Health Law Program, is helping to meet these challenges by offering Public Health and the Law: An Emergency Preparedness Training Kit. The kit is intended to prepare public health practitioners, their legal counsel, and other partners to understand and effectively address the changes in the legal environment that occur as a result of an emergency. Public Health and the Law includes a locally-customizable PowerPoint training curriculum and exercise scenario, instructor''s manual, training component summaries, and training videos. The kit is available in NACCHO''s online bookstore.


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