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NPHL Issues One New Public Health Resource

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

When Is “Good Enough” Not Good Enough? Making Public Health Policy in Politically Contentious Times.

As lawyers who care about public health, we hope for sound public health law and policy that is based on robust epidemiological evidence.  But often the reality is a patchwork of provisions based on compromise, or no law at all.  Compromise in public health lawmaking is often inevitable and even desirable in a democratic society.  But is it ethically problematic to support a policy that the public believes is in place because it is protective when the evidence doesn’t support that conclusion?  As public health lawyers, should we be satisfied that at least something is being done or remain firm in our support that only proven or effective policies should be passed?