Health Law
Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the latest issue of the APHA Health Law Special Primary Interest Group newsletter. The Health Law SPIG is one of the oldest and largest public health law organizations in the country, comprised of leaders in the field from government and nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and the community, and we welcome those of you who would like to seek out additional opportunities to become more actively involved in our organization. If you would like to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact me at .

While there are many active ongoing issues affecting the law and the public's health, with appeals occurring in several federal court circuits, reams of proposed regulations regularly being released, new programs coming online, and difficult legislative and budgetary debates occurring at the local, state and national levels, health reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are at the front and center of the minds (as well as the agendas) of many of our members these days. I know many of you have been called upon to help implement these changes, as well as to deliver presentations, papers and comments on these issues. Some prominent recent publications by Health Law SPIG members on these subjects include those by Sara Rosenbaum ( ), George Annas & Wendy Mariner ( ), Leonard Glantz ( ), Peter Jacobson and Larry Gostin ( As you might expect, health care reform will be one of the topics of Health Law SPIG presentations at the APHA Annual Meeting Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. ( ). It also is the main topic for the APHA Midyear Meeting in Chicago June 23-25, 2011 ( I will be sharing what is delivered at the midyear meeting with all of you both through an end-of-conference report, as well as through regular tweets from the conference (which you can follow on Twitter at @phlu), as APHA is positioned to be a significant source of education and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations, improving the public's health through strengthening our health systems, as well as through ensuring adequate funding for population health interventions and research.

In this issue of the newsletter, you also will find more details about upcoming conferences, as well as announcements and news from the members of the Health Law SPIG. I want to thank Lance Gable of Wayne State University for his service as newsletter editor, and offer my heartfelt thanks to Jason Smith of the University of Connecticut for all he did to bring the Health Law SPIG into the 21st century during his service as communications chair for the Health Law SPIG.

Be well,


Health Law at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Tobacco, pot, and soda: How does public health law have an impact?

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Human Rights for Global Justice

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Poster session
Affordable Care Act: Topics in health reform and law
2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Public health law evaluation
4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Legal issues, public health and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Health Law SPIG Business Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Environmental justice – The response to Fukishima and other issues of energy
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Public health law and violence and injury

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Poster session
Topics in Public Health Law
4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Public health, cyberlaw, and technology

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011
 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Measuring the effects of public health laws

Announcements- Health Law

Cambridge University Press has released “Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates: A Public Health Perspective,” edited by John G. Culhane, with chapters by John G. Culhane, Jean Macchiaroli Eggen, Diane E. Hoffman, Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Wendy E.  Parmet, Verneillia Randall, Evan Stark, Jon Vernick, Daniel W. Webster, and Katherine A. Vittes. More information at:

The Hall Center and IU School of Law – Indianapolis are launching a new Health and Human Rights Clinic. Prof. Fran Quigley will head it up. It is a medical legal partnership with providers in Indianapolis and also with the IU Kenya Partnership in Africa.  The Hall Center and IU School of Law – Indianapolis are also launching a specialty track in its LLM and health law concentration on Health Care Compliance Law. 

Prof. Eleanor D. Kinney, Hall Render Professor of Law & Co-Director, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis has recently published “Realizing the International Human Right to Health for Noncitizens in the United States,” 1 Notre Dame Journal of International, Comparative, & Human Rights Law 94 (2011); “Realizing the International Human Right to Health:  The Challenge of For-Profit Health Care,” 113 West Virginia Law Review 49 (2010); and  “For-Profit Enterprise in Health Care:  Can It Contribute to Health Reform?” 36 American Journal of Law and Medicine 405 (2010). Kinney was the inaugural speaker for the INTEGRIS Health Law and Medicine Lecture on “The Real Truth about Death Panels:  Comparative Effectiveness Research and Health Reform Legislation,” Oklahoma City School of Law, Oklahoma City, February 2011 and spoke on “Realizing the Human Right to Health for Noncitizens in the U.S.,” at the Symposium on International and Comparative Legal Perspectives on the rights of Non-Citizens, Notre Dame School of Law, Notre Dame, Indiana, in February 2011.     

Prof. Lance Gable has recently published "Reproductive Health as a Human Right," 60 Case Western Reserve Law Review 957 (2010);  "Protecting the Mental Health of First Responders: Legal and Ethical Considerations," 39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 56-59 (Supplement 1 2011) (with Lainie Rutkow and Jonathan M. Links); and "Global Public Health Legal Responses to H1N1," ¬¬39 J. L. Med.& Ethics 46-50 (Supplement 1 2011) (with Brooke Courtney, Robert Gatter, and Eleanor D. Kinney). He spoke at the Wayne State University Institute on Gerontology Colloquium series on "Legal and Ethical Issues in Research with Older Populations" on Jan. 11, 2011; spoke at the 2011 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta on "Developing Ethical Guidelines for Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources and Services During Public Health Emergencies: The Experience of Michigan" on Feb. 23, 2011; and presented at the inaugural Michigan Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science Brown Bag Lecture series on the topic of legal and ethical issues in stem cell research on April 28, 2011.

Announcements- APHA

2011 APHA Annual Meeting


Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011. More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit .

Our SPIG will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our SPIG in the interactive Online Program ( ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a SPIG representative.


Need-based scholarships available for students to attend
Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based
scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.,
for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and
Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov.2,2011. 
Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500
stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation. An
additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration
only. Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial
need and essay. As part of the award, students will be strongly
encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting. 

or complete details and application. Please contact Pooja Bhandari with any questions.

Public Health and Transportation

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series , subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newlyreleased online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today .

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit .

Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way. Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections and SPIGs are encouraged to using existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources. Go to the APHA website to find out more:  

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board



o    Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States , Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

         Megacities and Public Health , Omar Khan, MD, MHS

         Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

  • Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
  • School–Based Health Care , Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

Books in Development

  • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual , 20th Edition
  • Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
  • Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods , 5th Edition
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition


         Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books

Jossey-Bass : Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.

Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.

APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson. The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.