Public Health Law

Law is an important tool in public health practice. Public health law is an emerging discipline that combines elements from legal practice that are relevant to the work of health departments. Public health officials have many legal rights and responsibilities as they protect and promote the health of their communities. New partnerships between public health professionals and attorneys are emerging as they work jointly to balance individual rights and public responsibilities.

For more information on Public Health Law at NACCHO, please e-mail PHLaw@naccho.org.

50 State Survey: Legal Protections for Public Health...

50 State Survey: Legal Protections for Public Health...

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Public Health Infrastructure

Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority Report

This new report provides a brief history of public health authority and an overview of the forces seeking to limit public health authority.

Public Health Infrastructure

Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority Report

  1. Attorney ROI project: The overall purpose of this survey is to gain feedback from local health departments about the benefits and costs of hiring an attorney. We also want to gather information on factors important to decision makers when considering hiring an attorney. We are looking to build a knowledge base about the role of attorneys in health departments and provide information to health departments who are potentially interested in hiring an attorney.
  2. Environmental Enforcement Mechanisms project: The overall purpose of this survey is to gain feedback from local health departments about the mechanisms used to enforce public health laws and policies as well as the challenges and successes of those mechanisms. We are using environmental public health as the case study on this project. We are looking to develop a toolkit on effective and equitable enforcement which may include policy & resource examples as well as templates.

The surveys must be completed by Friday, September 3rd.

The following is a listing of past public health law webinar recordings hosted by NACCHO:

Public Health Preparedness Program

Geoffrey Mwaungulu, Jr.

Director for Public Health Law and Policy

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Programs

Alix Ware

Program Analyst

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