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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Law Literacy for Public Health Practitioners
1006.0: Saturday, December 10, 2005: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
CE Hours: 6 contact hours
Law Literacy for Public Health Practitioners
Partnership:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program, Public Health Foundation and the American Society
Statement of Purpose and Institute Overview:
Few cases have challenged the constitutionality of state actions taken to protect citizens from a communicable disease. The only successful attacks on such exercises of state police power have been based on federal preemption of state laws that restricted interstate commerce. Yet even interference with interstate commerce is not always fatal to health regulations. If a state regulation is substantially related to health and safety, the Supreme Court will uphold it. This is true even if the regulation interferes with interstate commerce, such as would result from a cordon sanitaria in which all travel is forbidden. From vaccinations to quarantines, laws enacted to protect society have been upheld even when they force individuals to sacrifice liberty and privacy. This course, will explore the legal foundations of the American public health system and the resulting struggle between individual liberties and the government’s interest in providing for its citizen’s collective health and well-being. Working topics to be discussed are: · What is public health law? --Sources of public health law --Scope of public health powers · Administrative law for the public health practitioner · Role of legal counsel for public health agencies; · Overview of public health powers and limits as they relate to: Surveillance, outbreak investigations, emergencies, infectious disease control. · Privacy protections of the individual and public health --Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) --Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996); · Public health law’s response to environmental and occupational diseases, and injuries · Law and emergency preparedness.
9:00 AM - 9:10 AMIntroduction - Silverman
9:10 AM - 10:00 AMPublic health powers in emergency situations - Richards
10:00 AM - 10:50 AMCoordination between local/state and federal public health - O'Brien
10:50 AM - 11:00 AMBreak
11:00 AM - 11:50 AMForensic epidemiology and public health law - Goodman
11:50 AM - 12:00 PMBreak
12:00 PM - 12:50 PMProblem #1: Widespread outbreak of deadly respiratory disease of unknow type
12:50 PM - 2:00 PMLunch
2:00 PM - 2:45 PMVaccination law & policy and pandemics - Silverman
2:45 PM - 3:30 PMPublic health policy: Working with state and local policy makers - Hager
3:30 PM - 3:45 PMBreak
3:45 PM - 4:45 PMProblem #2: Legal challenges of prevention planning against potential outbreaks/Wrap up
4:45 PM - 5:00 PMEvaluations
5:00 PM - 5:20 PMLaw Literacy for Public Health Practitioners
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Organized by:APHA-Continuing Education Institutes
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA