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NPHL Issues Four New Public Health Resources

The Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) has issued four new public health resources that can be read and accessed below.

The Rise of the Dental Therapy Movement in Tribal Nations and the U.S.

This new book, published by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, examines a community-led movement that addresses the oral health crisis in the United States through an approach centered on equity, access and opportunity.  It documents how the growth of this movement has increased access to dental care through the training and deployment of mid-level care providers known as dental therapists.

On November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19 employer vaccine mandates.  The ETS establishes minimum requirements for select workplace mandatory vaccination policies affecting employers with more than 100 employees (with some key exceptions).  By OSHA estimates, these rules will impact over 264,000 employers and 84 million employees.  This guidance resource highlights a few key elements of the ETS.  Read more.

Addressing Disparities in Crisis Standard of Care Implementation

While the impacts of the pandemic have shifted slightly over time, COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact Hispanic, Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native populations.  These disparities have also shone a light on decision-making tools incorporated into Crisis Standard of Care plans, which are intended to save the most lives through triage decisions when resources are scarce and patient populations are surging, as they have been during the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, it is critical that triage policies incorporate equitable allocation criteria to avoid continued and exacerbation of disparities, and to begin attempts to reduce and eliminate them.

Community Benefit Insight

In exchange for their tax-exempt status, tax-exempt hospitals are required to provide a community benefit, which can include initiatives for community health improvement.  Developed by RTI International, with partial funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this website aggregates data on U.S.-based nonprofit hospital community benefit spending and assists in understanding linkages between community benefit expenditures and community health needs.