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 Interest Group members will monitor developments on matters as diverse as control of disease and other public health threats outside of institutional settings, balancing privacy and other civil rights against public health considerations and education of the public concerning public health and policy issues. The Interest Group will also become involved in the interaction of state and local bar associations with local public health officials to promote public health and policy initiatives. The Interest Group provides a forum for members with differing educational backgrounds to focus on public health and policy issues and initiatives. The Interest Group also coordinates its activities with other Interest Groups, such as Medical Research and Clinical Ethical Issues, as well as with organizations outside of the ABA, such as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Vice Chairs:

Is The Grass Really Greener on the Other Side: Transitioning from Government Sector to Private
Tues, Feb 6, 2018

This webinar featured speakers who have successfully made the transition to the private sector. The speakers shared personal experiences, and provided insights on where to start searching for private healthcare jobs. 

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Lisa Ohrin Wilson, JD, Senior Technical Advisor, CMS 

*Lyndosha Jamison, JD, Attorney at The Jamison Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
*Donald Romano, Of Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP, Washington, DC 
*Rich Westling, JD, Member, Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation Practice Groups, Epstein Becker Green, Nashville, TN



Adults Need Immunizations Too! Medicaid Coverage, Cost Sharing & Provider Reimbursement for ACIP-Recommended Adult Vaccinations
January 16, 2018

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Tara Ramanathan JD, MPH, Public Health Advisor, Public Health Law Program, CDC

*Alexandra Bhatti, JD, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Public Health Law Program, CDC
*David Kim MD, Deputy Associate Director for adult immunizations, Immunization Services Division, CDC
*David Weeks, JD, Assistant General Counsel, Division of TennCare, Tennessee


Disaster Preparedness & Response: Here, There & Everywhere
May 2, 2017

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Noel Pace, Esq., MHA, FACHE, Vice Chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Public Health & Policy Interest Group

*Gregory Sunshine, JD, Legal Analyst with CDC’s Public Health Law Program in the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

*Scott Cormier, Vice-President, Emergency Management, EC, and Safety, for Medxcel Facilities Management, a part of Ascension Healthcare


Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project: A Focus on Healthcare Associated Infections
April 12, 2016

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Infectious Disease Reporting and American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: Law and Practice
March 28, 2016

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Zika Preparedness and Response: A Public Health and Legal Perspective
March 18, 2016

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The Healthy People 2020 Law and Policy Project: A Focus on Older Adults
November 16, 2015

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An Introduction to the Healthy People 2020 Law and Policy Project
October 19, 2015

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Complimentary Recording of the ABA's "Ebola 2014" webinar now available

Slides from Ebola 2014 webinar (PDF)

New memo from HHS on HIPAA issues related to Ebola

Summary of Ebola Materials from the CDC

Ebola Resources from the CDC

CDC regarding federal law covering the issue

Compendium of state laws

The text of the federal civil rights statute

HLS Announces a Tweet Chat on Ebola

Ebola Virus Disease and the Need for New Personal Protective Equipment

Ebola in the United States:  EHRs as a Public Health Tool at the Point of Care

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

World Health Organization Fact Sheet: Ebola virus disease

Free access to OUP resources for Ebola World Health Emergency

Network for Public Health: Ebola Outbreak Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Law: Emergency Use of Property and Supplies

Emory Healthcare Ebola Preparedness Protocols

Public Health Law Resources

APHA: American Public Health Association

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

John Hopkins Bloomberg


The Network for Public Health Law

O’Neill Institute

Public Health Law Research

World Health Organization