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Next Hot Topics Webinar: Practical Public Health Law

In the August Hot Topics in Practice, Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, offers her extensive experience in public health practice to provide a practical perspective for working effectively with public health law and with legal counsel.
Next Hot Topics Webinar: Practical Public Health Law

Public health must use the law to effectively protect and promote the health of our communities.

In the August Hot Topics in Practice, Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, offers her extensive experience in public health practice to provide a practical perspective for working effectively with public health law and with legal counsel.

August 2, 2012

The law is a powerful tool for improving the public’s health, yet legal issues are rarely black and white. The statutes and regulations governing emergency preparedness, food safety, environmental health, and other core public health activities can be difficult to navigate, even with legal counsel. Failing to use the law effectively can result in missed opportunities to improve the public’s health—and can sometimes result in job termination. Recognizing this, how can public health practitioners engage with the law and with legal counsel to advance health in their communities?

In this month's Hot Topics in Practice, Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, NWCPHP Director and Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health, draws on her extensive experience in public health practice to provide a practical perspective for working effectively with public health law and with legal counsel. During the session, Allan will describe an approach to recognizing legal issues, framing legal questions, and making good public health decisions after receiving legal advice. She will also offer suggestions for avoiding legal pitfalls. This presentation includes examples from across the country that show either effective use of public law or situations where there were unintended results.

Public health agencies have both an opportunity and an obligation to use the law to protect health. Register today to learn how to determine what you're required to do and how you can effectively work with legal counsel.

Practical Tips and Pitfalls – Working with the Law and Legal Counsel
Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, noon to 1:00p.m. (PDT)

Target Audiences

  • Local and state public health practitioners
  • People who would work with federal, state or local public health systems
  • Community-based organizations or others interested in understanding the framework of public health law

Presenter
Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, is the Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services. She is Principal Investigator for the Public Health Training Center, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as Principal Investigator of the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center and the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Allan has been on faculty in the School of Public Health since July 2008. She has extensive experience in public health practice, including positions as State Public Health Director in Oregon (2005–2008) and Health Director for Arlington County, Virginia (1987–2005).

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