Public Health Resources

Legislation & Policy

            Resources to support legislation and policy at the state and federal levels.

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ASPPH Advocacy   - (Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH))

Legal Liability Protections for Emergency Medical/Public Health Responses- This table highlights those potential liability protections for individuals, including healthcare workers, volunteers and private sector employees, and entities, including government agencies, hospitals or healthcare facilities, non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations. (Network for Public Health Law)

Public Health Emergency Law Tools- Toolkits that address the key information needs of public health officials in understanding and using legal authorities to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Tribal Legal Preparedness Project- The Tribal Legal Preparedness Project (TLPP) has been established to assist Tribal Nations interested in expanding their legal preparedness capacity in order to enhance public health preparedness. (University of Pittsburgh)

ADA Health Policy Institute- The Health Policy Institute (HPI) aims to be a thought leader and trusted source for critical policy knowledge related to the U.S. dental care system. HPI achieves this by generating, synthesizing, and disseminating innovative research on a variety of topics that are relevant to policy makers, health care advocates, and providers within the U.S. dental care system. (American Dental Association)

ASTDD Dental Public Health Resources Committee- ASTDD works with a broad array of federal, state and local public and private partners to educate decision-makers on dental public health issues and concerns of state oral health programs. ASTDD policy documents include issue briefs, position papers, policy statements and resolutions to reflect the Association's priorities and stance on dental public health issues. (Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors)

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry- The mission of the AAPD is to advocate policies, guidelines and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children. The AAPD serves and represents its membership in the areas of professional development and governmental and legislative activities.

H.R.2422 - Action for Dental Health Act of 2018- Legislation that allows HHS to award grants or enter into contracts to collaborate with state, county, or local public officials and other stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives to: (1) improve oral health education and dental disease prevention; (2) reduce geographic barriers, language barriers, cultural barriers, and other similar barriers in the provision of dental services; (3) establish dental homes for children and adults; (4) reduce the use of emergency departments by individuals who seek dental services more appropriately delivered in a dental primary care setting; or (5) facilitate the provision of dental care to nursing home residents. (U.S. House of Representatives)

NASHP Oral Health Resources- Resources including briefs, toolkits, reports, and case studies that explore innovative strategies that states have developed to address access to oral health services. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

National Center for Fluoridation- NCF was created to provide information within that network of scientists, educators, public officials, organizational representatives, and media concerned about the availability of reliable, timely, and scientifically-based information about community water fluoridation.

National Conference of State Legislatures: Children's Oral Health- The National Conference of State Legislatures was founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

Preventing Tooth Decay- Strategies and policies to prevent tooth decay. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Public Health Law Research: Oral Health- Evidence briefs that summarize the evidence supporting the effectiveness of laws and policies to ensure oral health and hygiene. (Public Health Law Research)

APHA Environmental Health Policy Statements- A listing of statements from the APHA related to environmental health. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Center for Environmental Health- The Center for Environmental Health's mission is to protect the public from environmental and consumer health hazards. The Center's efforts include environmental justice, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, supporting communities in their quest for a safer environment, and corporate accountability.

Center for Science in the Public Interest- Independent science-based organization that works to educate the public and advocate for government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on nutrition, food safety, health and environmental issues.

EPA Laws & Regulations- Major statutes and laws that form the legal basis for the programs of the EPA. (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

Environment and Health- The Natural Resources Defense Council is an environmental action organization that works to protect the planet's wildlife and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Environment and Natural Resources (NCSL)- This site contains links to publications, videos, and webcasts on policy and legislation related to environmental health. (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))

Environmental Health Legislation Database- The database tracks state legislation addressing environmental factors that may adversely impact human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human health and environmental quality. (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))

Environmental Integrity Project- The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) focuses on ensuring that laws designed to protect the public are enforced, helping the public access environmental data, and elevating citizens' voices in the media, legislature, and environmental agencies that were established to protect them.

Environmental Justice- Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. This site provides information on environmental justice and links to compliance and enforcement resources and data tools. (Environmental Protection Agency (EPA))

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative- Works to create green and healthy homes by working with government leaders to enact real, substantive policy changes.

National Healthy Housing Standard (2014)- Health-focused property maintenance policy targeting existing homes in the United States. The Standard can be adopted as a regulation by government agencies and as a voluntary best practice by any property owner. (American Public Health Association (APHA))

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Environment & Health- PSR's Environment and Health Program addresses an array of environmental health issues relevant to health professionals in the United States and around the globe. This site contains information on toxics, children's environmental health, air pollution, chronic disease, and drinking water. (Physicians for Social Responsibility)

Safer States Bill Tracker- Interactive map provides pending and adopted state legislation regarding hazardous chemicals, materials, and environmental toxins. (Safer States)

State Environmental Health Legislation 2016- Summary of state legislation passed in 2016 relating to environmental health, including lead in water, waste water, food safety, asthma, air quality, pesticides, and more. (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))

AIDS United- Resource for educational materials on lobbying, the federal budget, and the legislative process as they impact HIV/AIDS policy in the United States. Members include community based organizations, health departments, and grassroots groups united to improve the lives of HIV-positive people and prevent new infection.

Laws, Policies, and Legal Review Tools for TB, HIV, and Other STD Prevention Programs- Legal and policy resources, assessments, public health research, and policy reviews regarding TB, HIV, and other STDs. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy- The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) advises the Assistant Secretary for Health and senior HHS officials on the appropriate and timely implementation and development of policies, programs, and activities related to HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, other infectious diseases of public health significance, and blood safety and availability. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

State School-Based Health Education Law Summary Reports- State-level summary reports of a CDC analysis of state laws and regulations related to health education and specific to school-based sexual health education, HIV prevention education, and STD prevention education in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

The Global Health and HIV Policy Program- Home to the Kaiser Family Foundation's policy analysis on domestic and international HIV/AIDS issues. The site offer links to free resources including fact sheets on specific populations affected by HIV/AIDS. (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF))

ACPM Policy and Advocacy- Practice policy statements, public policy statements, position statements, and patient education statements consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. (American College of Preventive Medicine)

ASTHO Healthy Eating Position Statement- This position statement recommends policies that help individuals prevent or manage chronic disease by regulating the availability of healthy food, sodium, trans fat, menu labeling, added sugars, and food marketing. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy- Advocacy and policy efforts to improve the nation's health and advance the dietetics profession. The Academy's priority areas are disease prevention and treatment; lifecycle nutrition; and quality healthcare. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Center for Science in the Public Interest- Independent science-based organization that works to educate the public and advocate for government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on nutrition, food safety, health and environmental issues.

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label- On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. FDA published the final rules in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

Food Distribution Policies- Policies related to USDA Food Distribution Programs. (Food and Nutrition Service, USDA)

Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century- Report from the Global Panel on Agricultural and Food Systems for Nutrition is designed to help policymakers make food systems more supportive of high quality diets.

Global Food Policy Report 2017- A review of major developments in food and nutrition policy around the globe, featuring an in-depth look at the impact of rapid urbanization. (International Food Policy Research Institute)

Growing Food Connections Policy Database- Searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues. (Growing Food Connections)

Leadership for Healthy Communities- National program to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating, and access to healthy foods and beverages. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA)- The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) advocates national policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet- and inactivity-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

Obesity Legislation Database- The legislation database tracks state and federal policies related to obesity and diet-related diseases in issue areas including access to healthy food, breastfeeding, farms and gardens, school nutrition and physical activity, food assistance programs, marketing/advertising to children, menu and package labeling, and food and beverage taxes. (University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health))

School Meals Policies- Policies related to the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, and the Special Milk Program. (Food and Nutrition Service, USDA)

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Legislative and Policy- Federal and state legislation, policies, and regulations related to school nutrition programs. (School Nutrition Association)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Policies- Policies related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). (Food and Nutrition Service, USDA)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Laws and Regulations- Legislation and regulations related to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. (Food and Nutrition Service, USDA)

ACPM Policy and Advocacy- Practice policy statements, public policy statements, position statements, and patient education statements consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. (American College of Preventive Medicine)

Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future- Information to assist local elected officials in efforts to reduce childhood obesity (National League of Cities)

Healthy States: Obesity- Publications and resources designed to provide state legislators with concise, up-to-date information on obesity. (Council of State Governments)

Joint Use- Joint use is a way to increase opportunities for children and adults to be more physically active. It refers to two or more entities - usually a school and a city or private organization - sharing indoor and outdoor spaces like gymnasiums, athletic fields and playgrounds. (Prevention Institute)

Leadership for Healthy Communities- National program to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating, and access to healthy foods and beverages. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN)- Model policies, how-to guides, fact sheets, and other policy resources to help turn the tide on childhood obesity. (ChangeLab Solutions)

Obesity Legislation Database- The legislation database tracks state and federal policies related to obesity and diet-related diseases in issue areas including access to healthy food, breastfeeding, farms and gardens, school nutrition and physical activity, food assistance programs, marketing/advertising to children, menu and package labeling, and food and beverage taxes. (University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health))

State Obesity-Related Policies- A database of state-level legislation related to obesity. (Bridging the Gap)

State Policies to Prevent Obesity - This feature tracks the status of each state's efforts on more than two dozen policies aimed at preventing obesity and supporting health in early childhood, schools, and communities. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Publications on Obesity- Policy briefs and research on obesity in California. (University of California Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research)

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008 - United States- (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Genetic Testing and Screening in the Age of Genomic Medicine- Provides summary information and recommendations from the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law about genetic testing. (New York State Department of Health)

Genome Statute and Legislation Database - Database is comprised of state statutes and bills introduced during the 2007-2018 U.S. state legislative sessions. The database is reviewed and updated monthly. Searchable topics in the database include employment and insurance discrimination, health insurance coverage, privacy, research, the use of residual newborn screening specimens, and other topics of interest. (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Resources for State Genetics Planning- (National Newborn Screening & Global Resource Center (NNSGRC))

AVMA Advocacy- AVMA represents the interests of veterinarians on federal legislative and regulatory issues that influence animal health, public health and the veterinary profession. This sites provides summaries of selected AVMA policies, state veterinary medical associations, AVMA federal and state government relations contacts, comprehensive issue papers, and tools for effective advocacy efforts. (American Veterinary Medical Association)

Animal Legal and Historical Center Web Site- Site provides a web library of legal and policy materials as relates to animals, expert explanation of the materials for both the lawyer and the non-lawyer, and an historical perspective about social and legal attitudes toward animals. (Michigan State University (MSU))

Regulations, Directives & Notices - Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS)- (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))

State public health veterinarians of the United States- Contact information for the public health veterinarian for each state. (American Veterinary Medical Association)

Statement of Policy: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (October 2018)- A policy statement from NACCHO’s Board of Directorson Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in response to concerns from local health departments. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))