Emergency Legal Preparedness Summit 2017 – Western Region Summary

On April 21, 2017 the Public Health Law and Policy Program, in conjunction with the Western Region of the Network for Public Health Law, will pair with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to conduct an Emergency Legal Preparedness Legal Summit in Washington, D.C.

This Summit convenes key public health preparedness leaders, officials, and experts to examine critical challenges in emergency legal preparedness. The event will include a panel that will draw on the experiences and expertise of Professor James G. Hodge, Jr. of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, as well as Dr. Tom Kirsch, the director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, Brooke Courtney, senior regulatory counsel at the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Umair Shah, the executive director of the Harris/Houston County Department of Public Health in Texas. Professor Lawrence O. Gostin of the O’Neill Institute will also provide a welcome address.

The goal of this summit is to identify emerging issues in public health emergency and disaster related laws and policies, as well as seek cross-sector collaborations designed to improve emergency legal preparedness for the future events. Panelists will speak on a wide range of issues in emergency legal preparedness, including recent developments, such as FDA guidance on Emergency Use Authorizations and CDC’s January 2017 final rule on the control of communicable diseases. Panelists will also address concerns about new and late-breaking developments like the proposed Federal Emergency Response Fund, which creates a new fund to provide quick response to public health threats like Zika virus. Prior to and following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own concerns and experiences, as well as engage in dialogues with national figures in emergency legal preparedness.

As of March 30th, nearly 100 national public health and legal experts, including several prominent state and federal officials, are already planning to attend – register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-legal-preparedness-summit-tickets-32893406063.

This document was prepared by Lexi C. White, JD, Ph.D. Candidate, Fellow, Network for Public Health Law – Western Region, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU.

The Network for Public Health Law is a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Network provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. The legal information and assistance provided in this document do not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, please consult specific legal counsel.