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CDC’s Public Health Law Program developed this, foundational course on public
health law as a learning resource for public health practitioners, students, and
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The CDC Public Health Law News
The CDC Public Health Law News is a monthly digest of current, worldwide news stories, court opinions,
announcements and special features related to public health law and legislation. The News is free and available
to anyone with an interest in public health law. For subscription information, or to read past issues, click
Public Health Law Conference & Summits
In 2002-2006, the CDC Public Health Law Program and partner
organizations co-sponsored the annual series of conferences titled
“The Public’s Health & the Law in the 21st Century: Annual
Partnership Conference” and attended, in 2006, by more than 600
public health professionals, legislators and other public health
policy makers, public health legal counsel, and colleagues from such
closely related disciplines as emergency management, law
enforcement, the judiciary, and research and education. Please click
here to access the syllabi and proceedings of the 2002-2006.
The Public Health Law Program and its partners convened the National Summit on Public Health Legal Preparedness in June 2007. The Legal Preparedness Summit identified preparedness best practices and created a shared action agenda to improve legal preparedness for all-hazards public health emergencies. Click
here to learn more about the Legal Preparedness Summit and to access the National Action Agenda for Public Health Legal Preparedness.
In collaboration with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Program convened the June 2008 National Summit on Legal Preparedness for Obesity Prevention and Control. The Summit addressed legal issues affecting nutritional habits and
physical inactivity that contribute to the obesity epidemic in the United States. Please click
here to visit the Obesity Summit page.
Community Legal Preparedness Initiative
Law plays a critical role in protecting Americans from public health
emergencies--such as the anthrax attacks of October 2001, the SARS
epidemic, and potential pandemic West Nile Virus and other infectious
disease outbreaks. Law makes equally important contributions to chronic
disese prevention, environmental health protection, and prevention
of injury and disability. Since 2001, public health attorneys have
worked intensively to assess and update health agencies' "legal
preparedness" for public health emergencies. However, health care
attorneys have had few opportunities to learn the framework in which
their clients-private and public hospitals and other health care
organizations-would operate during an acute public health emergency.
True community-wide legal preparedness hinges critically on close
coordination between public health agencies and health care
organizations-e.g.; in quarantine, vaccination, treatment of victims,
etc. To help address the gap, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association
(ABA), and the non-profit Public Health Law Association (PHLA) have
partnered to develop the Community Public Health Legal Preparedness
Initiative. To learn more about the initiative, click here.
Training and Education Resources
The Public Health Law Program develops and makes available for public
use a growing portfolio of courses and other learning materials in
applied public health law. This section of our website lists those
resources as well as selected others, related materials that have been
prepared by others and have been brought to our attention. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for additional training and education
resources you would find useful. Click here to contact us.
These resources can be found on the training resources page.