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NAGTRI/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Fellowship Papers
Papers submitted as part of the 2014 Public Health Law Fellowship program.
Addressing the Designer Drug Problem
This paper describes the problem imposed by designer rugs, specifically bath salts and Spice, the steps that federal, state, European, and local governments have taken to ban the substances, as well as recommendations to protect the public's health in the future.
Aggregate Public Benefits of Farm to School Activities Suggest Massachusetts and Other States Should Make Concerted Efforts to Increase Participation Rates of Both Schools and Farms
This paper recommends that each state track the number of its schools and its farms participating in farm to school activities with the aim of increasing participation rates.
Consumer Fraud Associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act--A Preliminary Report
This paper will review early concerns regarding fraud on consumers relating to the ACA , actions taken to prevent and combat such fraud, and the reported incidence of fraud during the initial open enrollment period.
Enforcement of Controlled Substance Laws, Including Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), and Their Effectiveness in Combating Controlled Substance Abuse
This paper explores the different approaches taken with the PDMPs in California, Florida, and New York.
Mentally Ill, Convicted and Confined in the United States: The Discharge Dilemma for Undocumented Immigrants
This research policy paper will examine the laws and policies that create the current treatment dilemma for mentally ill non-citizen criminal offenders, victims and states and highlight measures that some states have taken to create viable discharge options for this population.
Non-Emergency Involuntary Medication Procedure: Promoting Treatment for Individuals with Mental Illness in State Custody Without Compromising Constitutional Rights
This paper examines aspects of non-emergency involuntary medication procedures that unnecessarily delay treatment.
Tools Available to States Attorneys General to Combat Off-Label Marketing and How Expansion of the Commercial Speech Doctrine Affects Them
Although off-label prescribing is both legal and common, it adversely affects the public health. As a result, the states and their attorneys general have a compelling interest in preventing off-label marketing.
Youth Sports Injury Prevention--Protecting Our Children So That They May Enjoy a Lifetime of Exercise and Competition
This paper will address some fundamental issues concerning concussions and will discuss suggested protocols for consideration concerning their treatment and prevention.
Papers submitted as part of the 2013 Public Health Law Fellowship program.
A Critical Analysis of Marijuana Laws in Michigan From a Public Health Perspective
This paper analyzes the progress that has been made to protect the public health in the wake of the enactment of Michigan’s medical marijuana law, and identify the pitfalls encountered along the way.
A Review of New York City’s Portion Cap Rule
This paper will review the Portion Cap Rule, a rule adopted by the New York City Board of Health, and its attempt to limit the maximum container size for SSBs and the subsequent litigation that ensued.
Identifying Emerging Public Health Issues in States with State-Level Marijuana Legalization
This paper aims to identify emerging public health issues surrounding marijuana legalization schemes. The paper then connects these emerging issues with available resources or current data. As more states contemplate or adopt medical marijuana state-level legalization, public health departments will need to address or examine some of these issues.
Improving the Public Health Despite Constitutional Impediments
This paper seeks to assist State Attorneys General – as well as other policymakers and public health advocates – in taking the former path (Attorneys General serving as champions on public health policies) with respect to five important public health problems of our day: Obesity, Gun Violence, End-of-Life Care, Infectious Disease, and Prescription Drug Abuse.
Mental Health in Prisons: How Correctional Facilities Can Better Manage Litigation Arising from Inmate Self-Harm
This article addresses the legal implications of self-harm by inmates of correctional institutions. It first describes the legal framework for civil rights lawsuits based on inmate self-harm, including claims based on deliberate indifference, failure to protect, and conditions of confinement. Next, it identifies areas where correctional staff is particularly vulnerable to litigation in this area, including access to outside mental health information, treatment planning, continuity of care, management in segregated settings, crisis identification and response, and documentation. Finally, it lays out a framework for responding that focuses on identifying, managing, and treating potentially litigious inmates, providing additional training for correctional staff, and developing cross-state litigation resources.
Public Health Emergencies Across Tribal Boundaries: Jurisdictional Challenges and the Role of State-Tribal Agreements
This paper is offered as a catalyst for such planning efforts. The paper identifies some of the most pressing jurisdictional issues that may confront governments responding to a public health emergency on tribal lands with the aim of highlighting the nature of the problem and the need for action.
Using Law to Improve Tuberculosis Control Among Removable Aliens
This article addresses legal measures to improve treatment completion rates and, correspondingly, reduce TB transmission risk among removable aliens. Included are recommendations for states to amend their reportable disease statutes in an effort to improve TB reporting and notification for detained, removable aliens, as well as a recommendation for the federal government to consider the legal analysis set forth in this article and revisit its detention policies.
STARTS: January 8, 2015
ENDS: January 9, 2015
New York, NY
STARTS: January 14, 2015
ENDS: January 16, 2015
Legal Writing for OAG-CA
Los Angeles, CA
STARTS: January 21, 2015
ENDS: January 21, 2015
STARTS: February 9, 2015
ENDS: February 10, 2015
Train the Trainers
STARTS: February 19, 2015
ENDS: February 20, 2015
Legal Writing for OAG-IN
STARTS: February 23, 2015
ENDS: February 23, 2015
Little Rock, AR
STARTS: March 23, 2015
ENDS: March 25, 2015