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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.

Beyond the Data — Dr. Karen DeSalvo

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.

Beyond the Data — Matthew Penn

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.

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
Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS
Director, Public Health Law Program
Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Facilitated By

John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director

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Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education (CE). Register here using the course information below.

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN (enduring): 0387-0000-16-110-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

  • Page last reviewed: February 28, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 28, 2018
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