Public Health Law and Policy

Public health law

Historically, public health laws and regulations have helped decrease and prevent the spread of communicable diseases, regulate motor vehicle safety, improve sanitation and hygiene, improve air quality, and much more. One of NACCHO's goals is to increase the public health community's understanding of law and how it may be used to support health departments in better serving their communities and increasing health equity.

NACCHO's efforts in this space include highlighting the importance of working closely with public health attorneys, building the capacity and capabilities of local public health in utilizing the law to improve programs and policies, supporting the use of a health in all policies (HiAP) approach in communities, and increasing community understanding of policy and development.

We would love to hear your health department's story! Please read more about the value of stories and tips for storytelling. Please complete the online form or download this document and email it to [email protected] to add your story to the website.

Join NACCHO's Public Health Law Workgroup. Please visit NACCHO's Advisory Workgroup page to join.

To learn more about public health law, please reach out to [email protected].

Public Health Law & Policy

Geoffrey Mwaungulu, Jr.

Director for Public Health Law and Policy

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