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Public Health Law: A Tool to Address Emerging Health Concerns

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST

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Law is a critical tool for protecting and promoting the health of the public. Some of history’s greatest public health successes, such as childhood immunization and safer workplaces, would not have been possible without changes to laws and policies. But public health law also involves evaluating laws, even ones not traditionally seen as health related, and exploring their impact on individuals and communities. Such analyses provide evidence that policymakers can use to inform future lawmaking.

Increased understanding of the influence of social determinants on health has brought about innovative policy approaches including Health in All Policies. Public health law is an integral part of these initiatives and seeks to contribute to the advancement and promotion of health for all.

In this session of Public Health Grand Rounds, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of CDC’s Public Health Law Program. Speakers will provide an overview of public health law, describe how it is an essential component of contemporary public health practice, and discuss the emergence of modern concepts of public health law, including legal epidemiology.

Presentation

Beyond the Data – Public Health Law: A Tool to Address Emerging Health Concerns

In this session of Beyond the Data, Dr. John Iskander and Matthew Penn discuss the role of public health law in the federal level, the state level, local level, and including the tribes and the territories.

Beyond the Data – Public Health Law: A Tool to Address Emerging Health Concerns – Social Determinants of Health and Public Health 3.0.

Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, discuss the role of public health in the recovery of New Orleans after Katrina, social determinants of health, and what is needed to get to public health 3.0.

Presented By:

Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH
Team Lead, Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development
Public Health Law Program
Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
“Public Health Law in the Twenty-first Century”    

Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS
Director, Public Health Law Program
Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
“Using Law to Improve Public Health Practice”

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
“Developing and Implementing Local Laws that Enhance Community Health”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Additional Resources

Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education. Click Public Health Law: A Tool to Address Emerging Health Concerns for more information.

  • Page last reviewed: November 23, 2016
  • Page last updated: November 23, 2016
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