Public Health Law and Policy

Model Public Health Laws

Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act - Developed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and completed in 2007, UEVHPA provides uniform legislative language to facilitate organized response efforts of volunteer health practitioners responding to public health emergencies.

Turning Point Model State Public Health Act - Beginning in 2000, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a multi-disciplinary group as part of its Turning Point Initiative from five states (Alaska, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin), multiple national organizations, and governmental agencies to conceive and draft a comprehensive model state public health act. The Turning Point Act offers model public health legislative provisions based on best practices for state, local, and tribal governments seeking to revise or update their public health laws.

Model State Emergency Health Powers Act - MSEHPA grants public health powers to state and local public health authorities to ensure strong, effective, and timely planning, prevention, and response mechanisms to public health emergencies (including bioterrorism) while also respecting individual rights. Developed by the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities with multiple partners in 2001, state and local legislators and health officials nationwide use the MSEHPA as a guide for considering public health law reform in their states.

Model State Public Health Privacy Act - Developed in 1999 with support from CDC and with significant input from an expert advisory group, MSPHPA addresses privacy and security issues arising from the acquisition, use, disclosure, and storage of identifiable health information by public health agencies at the state and local levels. The Act regulates the handling of identifiable, health-related information by public health agencies without significantly limiting the ability of these agencies to use such information for legitimate public health purposes.

Network for Public Health Law - Western Region

The Network for Public Health Law builds relationships, delivers technical assistance, and provides training to lawyers, public health practitioners, and policy-makers on how to use law to improve the public's health. Technical assistance includes legal guidance memoranda, training guides, legal outlines, and other tools designed to help practitioners understand and apply law to the protection and promotion of public health.

The Network is organized into 5 regions: Eastern, Mid-States, Northern, Southeastern and Western. Each region is dedicated to providing public health law technical assistance and support on a wide range of topics to federal, state, tribal, local partners and colleagues in private sectors.

PHLP houses the Network for Public Health Law – Western Region Office, which provides guidance and technical assistance within Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. It also provides leading national guidance on Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response and Vaccination Law and Policy.

The Western Region is led by P.I. and Director, James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., and Research Scholars Sarah Wetter, J.D., and Madeline Morcelle, J.D., M.P.H., at ASU Law. Leila Barraza, J.D.,M.P.H., Assistant Professor, University of Arizona Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Alicia Corbett, J.D., Adjunct Professor, work part-time on specific projects and initiatives with the Western Region Office.

The Network for Public Health Law