Chair's Column: Public Health
by Andrew J. Demetriou, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Los Angeles, CA
For most of us, issues of public health are remote from our professional interests. The lawyers who deal with public health primarily work for government agencies that are charged with a range of issues, including infection control and reporting, food safety, sanitation, health education programs and disease prevention. Except for the occasional interaction between the provider community and public health authorities in dealing with prevention of the spread of infectious disease, lawyers who do not practice in the public health field are not likely to encounter or appreciate the myriad of complex considerations that come into play in trying to ensure a level of public health that our society almost takes for granted. Nonetheless, the issues of public health affect all of us and I thought it would be important for you to understand what our Section is doing to engage the public health community and make our members more aware of the programs and needs of the public health system.
Global Health Law: Conceptions and Challenges
by James G. Hodge, Jr., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD and Jessica P. O'Connell, United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington, DC
Protecting global health has become a dominant mission for multifarious public and private sector entities in a variety of disciplines, including public health, medicine, ethics, human rights, economics, and law. The notion of protecting global health has existed for decades, enveloped in terms like "international health" or "transnational health." However, academics, lawyers, executives, and policymakers have more recently conceptualized programs, laws, and policies to respond to its significant, modern challenges. Schools of public health at several prominent universities, including Johns Hopkins, Michigan, and Emory, have established global health centers, programs, or degrees since 2000. Schools of law, medicine, and others at New York University have combined to offer a Masters in Global Public Health. In 2007, Georgetown University Law Center introduced its new Masters of Law Program in Global Health Law. Government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and non-governmental organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization have similarly introduced or redefined global health efforts in the modern era. Institutions like the Gates Foundation and private sector companies, including Pepsico and General Electric, have also directed efforts at global health problems.
Commentary On Lead Paint Litigation In California
by Robert Ragland, Deputy County Counsel, County of Los Angeles, CA
Counties and cities in California initiated controversial litigation when they filed suit against former producers of lead pigment in paint ("lead paint"), such as Sherwin-Williams, DuPont, and the Atlantic Richfield Company. Lead is a toxic substance that once was widely used in paint products. Later on, the use of lead in paints was prohibited because lead is dangerous and when ingested by children can cause severe neurological problems, including decreased IQ levels, hearing, and growth. Ingestion may occur directly from chipped paint, or paint chips that have been ground into dust and contaminated the surrounding area or soil.
The Revised International Health Regulations: An Historical Overview and an Analysis of Modern Application
by Rita-Marie A. Brady, JD, MPH, Emerging Leader Program Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
On May 23, 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially adopted the revised International Health Regulation which entered into force earlier this year and provides an international legal mechanism to address the public health response to the global spread of disease. This discussion will examine the implementation and application history of the International Health Regulations, describe the objectives of the revised International Health Regulations, and highlight some of the questions surrounding its future use.
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The Public Health & Policy Interest Group provides leadership to the ABA Health Law Section, and the ABA at large, in the area of public health and policy matters.
The IG is led by Chair Montrece Ransom, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA and Vice Chairs Michael DeLucia, Department of Justice of the State of New Hampshire, Concord, NH; Howard Kaufman, Boca Raton, FL; Priscilla D. Keith, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indianapolis, IN and Clifford M. Rees, Santa Fe, NM
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