NYSDA Publications

NPHL Issues Seven New Public Health Resources

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

National Minority Health Month: Raising Awareness and Encouraging Action to Address Health Disparities

National Minority Health Month was observed in April — which marked its 20th year — to emphasize and highlight initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority groups.  This year, severe public health threats including the Covid-19 pandemic, opioid epidemic, high rates of substance abuse, and ongoing housing crises highlight the underlying disparities in U.S. health care and other policies, emphasizing the need to focus on these issues to achieve the best health outcomes for all.

State Medicaid Programs Urgently Need to Prepare for the End of the COVID Public Health Emergency: These Tools and Resources Can Help

The COVID 19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been in effect since January 28, 2020.  The original declaration lasted 90 days and has been extended repeatedly – but it won’t last forever.  And the end of the PHE is going to cause serious upheaval in state Medicaid programs.  The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been issuing guidance and toolkits to help states as they return to pre-pandemic enrollment and operations.

Report: Racism as a Public Health Crisis – Perspectives on Healthy Aging

While law can perpetuate and reinforce structural discrimination, it can also create meaningful change by helping to identify and remove barriers to access, resources, and opportunity, and thereby advance health equity.  This report uses a revised Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) framework put forward by Ruqaiijah Yearby to examine the role of law as a tool to address structural discrimination, with a focus on health impacts across the lifespan.  This framework illustrates how law and the systems it interacts with can shape health and well-being, and identifies structural discrimination as the root cause of disparities in health outcomes.

Slouching Towards Deregulation: The Threat to Health Policy

When it comes to health care, Congress writes the laws and directs federal agencies to implement those laws.  Federal agencies are able to clarify policies when needed, such as during emergencies.  According to this recent report from The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, this approach is increasingly threatened by recent court decisions that could severely limit the federal agencies' "ability to implement federal health care legislation and to adopt evidence-based, equitable health care and health care policies."

Keynote at the 2022 Public Health Law Summit: Dr. Letitia Dzirasa Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City Health Department

View this recording of the keynote address by Dr. Letitia Dzirasa at the Public Health Law Summit last week.  In her address, Dr. Dzirasa shared her insights on public health and policy strategies for mitigating harms from the pandemic and addressing the racial disparities in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths in Baltimore.  Dr. Dzirasa also spoke about social media and other communications efforts related to vaccinations and other measures.

50 State Survey: Summary of Enacted Laws and Pending Bills Limiting Public Health Authority: The Second Wave

In their regular 2021 legislative session, many states introduced or passed laws that restricted the ability of state and local public health officials, governors, and others to respond to the immediate threat of COVID-19, as well as future public health threats.  A second wave of similar legislation began in regular and special sessions in the fall of 2021 and has continued into the 2022 regular session.  This resource details COVID-19-related laws and pending legislation, and broader enacted and proposed limitations on public health authority in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) from January, 2021 through mid-March, 2022 for enacted laws and from September, 2021 through mid-March, 2022 for pending legislation.


The Network is excited to be a part of the new Collaborative for Anti-Racism and Equity.  The Collaborative started as a group of organizations working together to understand and support the movement to address racism as a public health crisis, and has evolved and expanded, connecting people and organizations who are advancing health and racial equity through research, communication, policy, advocacy, and the development of resources and frameworks.  Join us at herenow.org to find and share information and ideas, create connections, and uplift examples of work being done to advance health and racial equity.