NYSDA Publications

NPHL Issues Five New Public Health Resources

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

Federal Privacy Laws 

This collection provides an overview of the basic legal requirements of different federal data protection laws to help public health professionals and researchers understand how different federal laws might apply to a proposed data activity.  They also provide links to full text versions of the law and other federal resources.

Cultural Healing: A New (Old) Paradigm for Creating Healthy Communities 

In the debate about how to incorporate cultural differences (which are often deeply intertwined with racial identity) into dominant social structures to create just outcomes, cultural healing often receives little attention.  Cultural healing reconnects people to the vibrancy and strengths of their culture and in doing so, enhances health and wellness.  However, embedding cultural healing practices will require legal reforms that institutionalize culturally inclusive practices.

Fighting for Public Health: Findings, Opportunities, and Next Steps from a Feasibility Study to Strengthen Public Health Advocacy

This study, which includes insights gathered from personal interviews with public health advocates and leaders from 45 organizations, aims to stimulate wide-ranging discussion and engage those who share a sense of urgency in collective, purposeful action to strengthen public health advocacy in the United States.  The study proposes a menu of potential actions to strengthen public health advocacy.

Q&A: Strengthening Public Health Advocacy

In light of the current climate of eroding trust and falling investments in public health, a critical question has emerged: How do we strengthen public health advocacy at local, state, and national levels?  In this Q&A, the authors of the study, Fighting for Public Health: Findings, Opportunities, and Next Steps from a Feasibility Study to Strengthen Public Health Advocacy discuss the myriad tensions surfaced by public health leaders interviewed for the study, and opportunities for a way forward.

Law and Policy Pathways to Addressing the Epidemic of Drug-Related Harm 

Most of the epidemic levels of drug related harm currently occurring in the U.S. could be prevented by expanding existing interventions, removing barriers to effective care, and making legal changes to eliminate the criminalization of drug use.  This guide outlines key law and policy measures that, if taken, would significantly advance efforts to reduce drug related harm in the U.S.
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