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.
In the Spotlight
Public Health Law Research Policy Evidence Tool
Public Health Law Research (PHLR) website features a policy evidence tool that allows users to search through research conducted by the PHLR that examines the evidence base of a wide range of public health topics through three different methods: evidence briefs, grantee research, and theory, practice and evidence.
For more information, go to the PHLR policy evidence website.
Public Health Law Training Tool
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice developed an online training module drawn from the experience of public health officials and their attorneys. This training is designed to help public health professionals recognize legal issues, work effectively with legal counsel, and understand legal responsibilities and authority. More »
Zoning Changes Could Lead to Decreased Crime
In a recent study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, researchers found that zoning for residential land use could be a way to reduce crime rates in Los Angeles. Crime rates for city blocks zoned exclusively for commercial use were 45% higher than crime rates for city blocks zoned for either residential use or a mix of residential and commercial use. Read more about the study here. For a one-page brief on the study prepared by the Public Health Law Network, click here.
For more information on Public Health Law at NACCHO, please e-mail PHLaw@naccho.org.
Procurement as a Tool to Promote Healthy Food Environments
Procurement – or the process of purchasing goods—can be a powerful tool in the promotion of healthy food environments. State and local governments have an opportunity to use procurement to improve community heath. For example, procurement policies can be used to set limits on unhealthy foods or ingredients and promote healthier ones. This webinar will present an overview of procurement, share highlights from research and discuss best practices. The webinar is free and takes place on Thursday, April 18, from 1 – 2 PM ET. Get details and register for the webinar here.