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Demystifying Tobacco Cessation and The Affordable Care Act

What does health care reform mean for local health departments and their tobacco programs? Join experts from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the American Lung Association as they discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), its impact on local health departments, and provisions related to tobacco prevention and cessation. Speakers will highlight final rules recently released in February on tobacco cessation coverage and the tobacco surcharge, which allows for different insurance premium rates for tobacco users and non-users. Click here to watch the webinar and to view the slides.

Paid Sick Days: Exploring the Need, Health Impact and Legal Establishment of Paid Sick Leave

Nearly 40 percent of private-sector employees in the U.S. do not have access to paid sick days making it difficult for them to miss work when they are ill or have a doctor's appointment. Those who do stay home often suffer lost wages and risk being fired from their jobs. To avoid financial insecurity, employees often go to work while sick. Paid sick days allow employees to stay home or seek preventive care without risking a family's income or endangering the health of co-workers, customers and others. Going to work sick can also result in lost productivity and workplace injury. Click to watch the webinar. 

Effects of the Election on Future Implementation of the ACA

On this webinar, three presenters tackled the many issues associated with the future implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). First, Ms. Dhillon provided information on the Supreme Court decision and litigation challenging it. Second, Dr. Polan gave a big-picture outlook on how the election affected the ACA and how the ACA affects public health. And finally, Ms. Briggs presented a more "on the ground" look at how the ACA is being implemented at the state and local levels. Click to watch the webinar and to view the accompanying slides.

Injury Prevention through Policy

The Network for Public Health Law in conjunction with the Children's Safety Network launched a four-part webinar series focusing on preventing bullying in schools. In each of the webinars, an injury topic will be covered as well as any current state laws or policies related to the topic. A special focus will be placed on state health department injury prevention staff and their role in the research of effective injury prevention policies and implementation of such policies.

  • Session 1 - Bullying Prevention Legislation: Focus on LGBT Youth (Click to watch the webinar)
  • Session 2 - Implementation of State Youth Concussion Laws: Perspectives from the Frontlines (Click to watch the webinar and to view the slides)
Newborn Screenings Laws

As a newborn, a few drops of blood are taken from a newborn's heel to test for an array of harmful or potentially fatal disorders. What disorders are tested for and how the data is used vary with each state. The Network, along with other partner organizations, hosted a six-part webinar series on the legal issues surrounding newborn screening. Each webinar focused on a different aspect of the legal, ethical, and policy issues associated with newborn screening. For more information on this webinar series or to watch any of the webinars, click here.

Examining the Impact of Lead Laws on Housing Quality and Children's Health
Across the United States, children are being exposed to lead in poor-quality housing, and elevated blood lead levels (EBLLs) are a major environmental problem for U.S. children. In this webinar, the presenters will offer suggestions for how to structure and pass legislation to prevent children from being poisoned by lead highlighting other local jurisdictions around the country that have passed laws that have used a variety of "primary prevention" approaches. Click here to listen to and watch the webinar. The accompanying slides can be found here.
2012 Public Health Law in Review

On October 10-12 2012, public health and legal professionals gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2012 Public Health Law Conference. The agenda and speaker information can be found on the ASLME website. A variety of topics were discussed during the two-day conference. A document of special note, "2012 Public Health Law in Review," provides a legislative overview of recent developments in the public health law field. To read more, click here.

NACCHO 2009 PH Law Workshop

The purpose of this workshop was to improve the understanding and use of the law as a tool for effective public health practice. Participants learned about the foundations of public health law and how legal principles are applied in local public health practice. By clicking on the links below, you can review presentation slides from the panel discussion held at this workshop.

Using Law to Advance Public Health through Social Norm Change, by Ian McLaughlin, Public Health Law and Policy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Public Health Law, Michelle Larkin, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, by Scott Burris, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • CDC Public Health Law Program: this program seeks to improve the health of the public through law by developing the legal preparedness of the public health system, improving the understanding and use of law as a public health tool, and establishing robust partnerships to join public health practitioners with partners in key law-related sectors.
  • CDC Mutual Aid Tools: Mutual aid agreements can be effective tools to assist U.S. state and local governments, tribes, Canadian provinces, First Nations, and Mexican states in sharing information, data, supplies, resources, equipment, or personnel for the purpose of protecting the public's health. Visit the CDC Website to download suggested provisions for public health mutual aid agreements and an inventory of mutual aid agreements.
  • CDC Public Health Law News: A free monthly digest of current, worldwide news stories, court opinions, announcements, and special features related to public health law and legislation.
  • Emergency Legal Preparedness Clearinghouse: Includes various links to resources related to emergency preparedness and response.
  • Healthcare-Associated Infections Law: Laws encouraging the prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), infections acquired during the course of receiving treatment for other health conditions, have emerged and expanded in states since 2004. This CDC Public Health Law webpage includes a menu of selected provisions in HAI laws and and various articles.
  • Public Health Statute Modernization: The mission of this TurningPoint National Excellence Collaborative is to transform and strengthen the legal framework of the public health system through a collaborative process to develop a model public health law.
  • Model State Public Health Act: A tool for assessing public health laws. This publication is a product of the Public Health Statute Modernization Collaborative 
Public Health Law Academic Centers
Network for Public Health Law
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American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME)
Public health, law, medicine, and ethics information, events, publications are available on the ASLME website.