Operationalizing Legal Preparedness for Disease Outbreaks: Incorporating Legal Requirements into Health System Readiness
12 PM CDT
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Understanding legal powers and limitations is vital to the operation of health departments, and their partners across the health system. Yet, the procedures and conditions established by law can be difficult for non-attorneys to put into practice. When diseases or disasters strike and time is of the essence, health departments, hospitals, and providers across the health system, must take effective and efficient action, but those actions must also comply with statutes and regulations. The tension between taking immediate action to protect communities and complying with legal requirements can only be alleviated through effectively training and educating public health and healthcare practitioners on how the law affects their work. To do this, health departments and health system partners must utilize innovative ways to take complex legal requirements and synthesize them into actionable processes for practitioners to integrate into their everyday and emergency response activities. This panel will explore some recent approaches to operationalize legal requirements for public health activities including training, judicial preparedness, and quantitative analysis to aid in the application of legal interventions.
The content of this program does not meet requirements for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation.
Gregory Sunshine, JD, Public Health Analyst, Public Health Law Program, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, CDC
*Corey M. Peak, PhD, Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer, CDC
*James F. Koval, MDiv, MPA, PHEP Local Liaison, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (invited)
*Shannon C. Francis, Civil Division Chief, Williamson County Attorney’s Office, Georgetown, Texas (invited)