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Public Health Law

The resources listed can help answer the following questions:

What is public health law and how is it applied?

Where can I find model laws, statutes, memorandums of understanding and other legal documents used to promote and protect population health?

Where can I find additional information on public health law?


What is public health law and how is it applied?

Public Health Law 101

The CDC Public Health Law Program
Course comprises 9 1-hr lecture units (in power point) covering basic principles of public health law and topic areas related to public health practice.

Target audience: Public health practitioners, Health departments, Law students, Legal counsel to health departments, General public

 

Law as the Basis of Public Health Action
The CDC Public Health Law Program
Presentation describes how public health law is used to protect and promote population health.

Target audience: Public health practitioners, Health departments, Law students, Legal counsel to health departments

 

Public Health Law Glossary

Public Health Law Center

Defines and explains basic public health law terminology.

Target audience: Public health practitioners, Health departments, Law students, General public

 

2009 Public Health Law Workshop Presentations

National Association of County & City Health Officials

Presentations provide information on the foundations of public health law and how legal principles are applied in local public health practice.

Target audience: Public health practitioners, Health departments, Legal counsel to health departments

 

Where can I find model laws, statutes, memorandums of understanding and other legal documents used to promote and protect population health?

Model State Public Health Act

Public Health Statute Modernization Collaborative

Assists state and local governments to assess their existing public health laws and update laws to effectively address a range of modern public health issues.

Target audience: Public health officials, Health departments, Legal counsel to health departments

 

Model Acts and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)

Public Health Law Association

Model Acts and model MOU’s for variety of public health issues including emergency preparedness, data sharing, and food safety.

Target audience: Public health officials, Health departments, Legal counsel to health departments

 

Guide of Local Public Health Ordinances

Hunter College School of Nursing and the

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Outlines the major contents of a strong local ordinance and provides examples drawn from a range of actual ordinances from various local jurisdictions in the United States.

Target audience: Local government

 

Public Health Mutual Aid Agreements

CDC Public Health Law Program

Offers a menu of suggested provisions in public health mutual aid agreements.

Target audience: Public health officials, Health departments, Legal counsel to health departments

 

Model Public Health Laws

CDC Public Health Law Program

Lists 107 model laws, including their titles, sponsoring organizations, dates of publication, and URLs.

Target audience: Public health practitioners, Health departments, Law students, Legal counsel to health departments

 

Portfolio of Public Health Law Bench Books

CDC Public Health Law Program

Bench books are commonly used by judges as functional practice guides designed to accelerate their understanding of an area of law. These guides have been developed in several states and can serve as templates for other states.

Target audience: Public health officials, Health departments, Legal counsel to health departments, Judiciary officials


 

Where can I find additional information on public health law?

CDC Public Health Law Program (PHLP)

Housed in the Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), PHLP conducts promotes and supports the use of law to protect and improve the public’s health. Activities include, providing consultation and technical assistance; reviewing and disseminating information about existing state and local public health laws; and developing practical, law-centered tools for practitioners and policymakers at the state, tribal, local and territorial levels. 

 

Public Health Law Association (PHLA) 

PHLA is a membership organization for everyone who shapes, uses, teaches, studies or conducts research in public health law and policy. Their mission is “promoting healthy people and healthy communities through dialogue, partnerships, education, and research in public health law.”

 

The Network for Public Health Law

The Network connects and serves individuals and organizations committed to applying the law to improve public health. The Network provides legal technical assistance and training materials and programs to public health practitioners; local, tribal, state and federal officials; lawyers; policy-makers and public health advocates. The Network is organized by regions in order to provide support on a wide-range of public health law topics across all areas of the United States.

 

Public Health Law Research (PHLR) 

The Public Health Law Research program is dedicated to building the evidence base for laws that improve public health. PHLR activities include funding research, improving research methods, and making evidence more accessible to policymakers, the media, and the public.

 

LawAtlassm

 

A gateway to key laws aimed at improving health or access to health care. Visitors can use the Interactive Law Maps pages to generate maps and tables highlighting selected features of the law and download prepared summaries detailing the current state of laws.