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The Week in Health Law
18 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
241. Safety Net Support for Children and Families.
Sarah de Guia of ChangeLab Solutions is joined by Sharon Terman from legal aid at work, and Danilo Trisi from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The participants have a broad-ranging discussion about the safety net, what the Biden administration has achieved so far, and what are some of the priorities that remain.
18 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
240. State Efforts to Restrict Public Health Powers.
Professor Wendy Parmet, Northeastern University School of Law, Lori Tremmel Freeman is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and Jill Krueger, the director of the Network for Public Law’s Northern Region Office discuss the various attempts to restrict, reallocate, or otherwise diminish traditional public health powers and the implications. The panelists discuss recent state laws reducing public health emergency powers, ALEC, & where things stand now.
33 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
239. International Lessons Learned.
I am joined by Professor Anniek de Ruijter Professor of European Law at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Professor Andrew Noymer, University of California, Irvine, and Professor Nils Hoppe, the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences at Leibniz University Hannover. Our discussion begins with the lessons learned or not learned in various countries and regions and then explores issues such as vaccine intellectual property and vaccine passports. BTW, Anniek has an interesting new paper on EU health solidarity, Sharon Baute & Anniek de Ruijter (2021) EU health solidarity in times of crisis: explaining public preferences towards EU risk pooling for medicines, Journal of European Public Policy, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2021.1936129
21 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
238. Global Vaccine Sharing.
Jorge Contreras, Professor of Law, University of Utah, Brook Baker, Professor of Law, Northeastern University, and Ana Santos Rutschman, Professor of Law, Saint Louis University discuss vaccine access, What are the technical obstacles to increasing vaccine access? How are Intellectual Property, primarily patent and trade secret, laws restricting access and keeping prices high?
27 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
237. The Shadow Docket.
Professor Scott Burris, Temple Law School, Professor Wendy Parmet, Northeastern University School of Law, and Professor Lance Gable, Wayne State College of Law discuss the “shadow docket,” the hundreds of cases (emergency orders and summary decisions) decided by the Supreme Court each year outside of its far smaller, normal or merits docket. Specifically, the discussion focuses on how public health decisions, such as (particularly free exercise) challenges to government mitigation mandates have been handled by the shadow docket, the possible deprecation of Jacobson deference and the implications for public health powers and law. As always for more information about public health law and the pandemic see Vol.2 of our COVID-19 Policy Playbook, Legal Recommendations for a Safer, More Equitable Future.
25 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
236. CDC as an Independent Agency.
Scott Burris, Professor of Law, Temple Law School, Christopher Robertson, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law, and Gene Matthews, Network for Public Health Law discuss the current proposals to increase the independence of public health agencies such as the CDC. Political manipulation and lack of leadership have seriously jeopardized public trust and even agency competence. Topics include prior examples of the politicization of public health, policymakers failing to understand social and behavioral science, and how an independent agency could be protected and funded. For more on this topic see The “Legal Epidemiology” of Pandemic Control and Designing an Independent Public Health Agency. See also Vol.2 of our COVID-19 Policy Playbook, Legal Recommendations for a Safer, More Equitable Future.
34 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
235. A Safer, More Equitable Future.
This is a special episode of TWIHL that introduces our new report, Volume II of our COViD-19 Policy Playbook titled, Legal Recommendations for a Safer, More Equitable Future. Support for this report was generously provided by the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. On this episode you will hear from the six members of the editorial committee in the following order-- Lance Gable from Wayne State University, Wendy Parmet from Northeastern University, myself, Scott Burris from Temple University, Donna Levin from The Network for Public Health Law, and finally Sarah de Guia from ChangeLab Solutions. Each of us will summarize one of the six Parts of the report and then return to highlight one or two of the recommendations the Editorial Committee thought particularly important.
51 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
234. Privatizing Public Health.
Can private companies effectively serve public health functions? A panel discussion sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University featuring Lindsay F. Wiley, Professor of Law, Director of Health Law and Policy Program, American University Washington College of Law, Tamar Sharon, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Technology; Co-director of the Interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nicolas Terry, Hall Render Professor of Law, Executive Director of William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Craig Konnoth, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Health Law Certificate; and Faculty Director, Health Data & Technology Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado School of Law, and our moderator Mason Marks, Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga University; Fellow in Ethics of Technological and Biomedical Innovation, Edmond J. Safra and Petrie-Flom Centers, Harvard University This privatization of public health, which has taken shape over the past few years and accelerated rapidly during the pandemic, raises challenging ethical and legal questions. What is lost when public health becomes privatized? Are values like scientific rigor, transparency, equity, and accountability upheld? Are the promised efficiencies of the free market realized? This panel discussion addressed these questions and more.
19 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
233. George #covidlawbriefing. A Pandemic Meets a Housing Crisis.
A Pandemic Meets a Housing Crisis. Sarah de Guia and Gregory Miao of ChangeLab Solutions, along with Courtney Lauren Anderson of Georgia State University, discuss how the pre-existing housing crisis has been exacerbated by its compounding eviction and public health crises--and what work can be done to address it.
19 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
232. George #covidlawbriefing. Data Policies and Governance.
Improving Data Collection and Management. Nicolas Terry of Indiana University, Wendy Parmet of Northeastern University, and Jessica L. Roberts of the University of Houston discuss the unique challenges created by the lack of public health data available to drive targeted disease mitigation strategies. They will explore how the nation could advance data gathering and management to be better prepared for the next outbreak. In particular, the discussion focuses on collection of important sociodemographic data and questions of privacy.
27 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
231. George #covidlawbriefing. Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health.
Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. Those battling mental illness and addiction have been uniquely hard-hit. Hear about what can be done to heal and recover. Nicolas Terry of Indiana University and Jill Krueger and Corey Davis both of the Network for Public Health Law discuss the troubling rates of substance abuse, adverse mental health issues, and other quiet crises spurred by the isolation and anxiety of the nearly-year-long pandemic--as well as what can be done in the way of a deeper recovery.
26 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
230. George #covidlawbriefing. School Reopenings and Online Learning.
School Reopenings and Online Learning. It is increasingly clear that online learning--especially for younger children--has been one of the most difficult #COVID transitions, with levels of engagement, retention, and mental health plummeting. At the same time, more and more evidence suggests that children under the age of 13 are relatively unlikely to transmit or become seriously sick with the virus. The debate is now escalating around the damage that will be done to students with schools closed, the risks that vulnerable teachers will face with schools open, and the role of vaccine prioritization in potentially threading the needle. This week’s COVID Law Briefing tackles the ongoing issue and recommends strategies for renewed cooperation. Lance Gable of Wayne State University and Stacie Kershner and Brooke N. Silverthorn both of Georgia State University discuss the legal and public health hurdles of safely reopening schools across the country, as vaccinations become more widespread and the debate surrounding the risks posed to kids and teachers becomes more nuanced.
21 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
229. George #covidlawbriefing. The Role of the Courts.
The Role of the Courts: Religious Exemptions and the legacy of Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Scott Burris of Temple University and Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas discuss the legacy of Jacobson, a seminal Supreme Court ruling on the power of the states to mandate vaccinations, as well as the larger role of the courts in the ongoing COVID-19 response.
24 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
228. George #covidlawbriefing. Challenges of state-based pandemic responses.
As new variants spread throughout the country, Lance Gable of Wayne State University, Ross Silverman of Indiana University, and Jill Krueger of the Network for Public Health Law discuss the challenges of state-based pandemic responses and the centrality of interstate and intrastate cooperation in any successful national strategy.
20 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
227. George #covidlawbriefing. Preemption, Public Health, and Equity.
Preemption, Public Health, and Equity in the Time of COVID-19. Sarah de Guia of ChangeLab Solutions, Kim Haddow of Local Solutions Support Center, and Sabrina Adler of ChangeLab Solutions in conversation on the role of preemption in the response to COVID-19,including how it has promoted or hindered efforts to improve health equity.
22 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
226. George #covidlawbriefing. Disinformation in the Pandemic.
Nicolas Terry of Indiana University, Wendy Parmet of Northeastern University, Timothy Caulfield of the University of Alberta, and Brian Castrucci of The de Beaumont Foundation discuss how public health disinformation and the framing of scientific fact as partisan opinion have hamstrung the response to the first post-truth pandemic—and what can be done going forward.
20 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
225. George #covidlawbriefing. Biden’s First 100 Days.
Wendy Parmet of Northeastern University, Scott Burris of Temple University, and Dara Lieberman of Trust for America’s Health discuss what immediate executive actions the Biden administration can take to tackle the COVID pandemic during the first 100 days. The Biden administration has made addressing #COVID-19 its top priority. How can President Biden use his newfound executive authority to make his first 100 days as impactful as possible?
24 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
224. George #covidlawbriefing. Equitable Vaccine Distribution.
Equitable Vaccine Distribution: Essential Workers and Scarce Resources. A conversation featuring Lance Gable of Wayne State University, Tara Sklar of the University of Arizona, and Ruqaiijah Yearby of St. Louis University. They discuss how to achieve equitable vaccine distribution and the issues of utilizing limited resources to reach multiple high-priority populations.
21 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
223. George #covidlawbriefing. Vaccine Distribution.
Though COVID vaccine production is ramping up, the U.S. is lagging well behind schedule in distributing and administering available vaccines. Efforts at the state level are being further hampered by slapdash attempts at coordination and a growing resistance to receiving the vaccine among certain populations. What can employers, schools and governments legally do to encourage uptake? In the first COVID Law Briefing of 2021, we will analyze best practices and sound strategies to get vaccine distribution back on track. Guests: Nicolas Terry of Indiana University, Donna Levin from The Network for Public Health Law, Micah Berman of Ohio State University, and Dorit Reiss of UC Hastings.
48 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
222. George #covidlawbriefing. Lessons from Europe.
A conversation featuring Scott Burris of Temple University, Nicolas Terry of Indiana University, Nicola Glover-Thomas of the University of Manchester, Dominique Sprumont of the University of Neuchâtel, Nils Hoppe of Leibniz University Hannover, and Anniek de Ruijter of the University of Amsterdam. They compare the United States and Europe’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss what lessons might be learned from their contrasting approaches.
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