Providing resources to protect public health authority
Act for Public Health is a collaborative working group that provides law and policy research, analysis, technical assistance, and training to protect the authority of public health agencies across the nation.
The ongoing backlash against public health authority significantly limits public health officials’ ability to respond to disasters and disease outbreaks. Public health leaders have experienced personal threats and acts of intimidation. And following public discontent with lifesaving measures like masking and social distancing, legislative proposals in many states seek to inhibit the ability of public health authorities and state governors to respond to the immediate needs of COVID-19 and to future public health threats. These enacted and proposed laws will certainly harm Americans and increase health inequities.
Act for Public Health is an initiative of the Public Health Law Partnership. This group of public health organizations and experts is applying their decades of experience in public health law and policy work to preserve public health authority and infrastructure wherever challenges arise.
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- State Bills Relating To Vaccines In Schools And Provider Scopes Of Practice (data)
- Laws Addressing Public Health Authority to Respond to Emergencies (data)
- Sentinel Surveillance Of Emerging Laws Limiting Public Health Emergency Orders (data)
- State Preemption Laws (data)
- State Legislation Addressing Public Health Authority (data)
- "Trends In US State Public Health Emergency Laws, 2021–2022" (article, AJPH, February 2023)