• COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Immigration

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-28)
      On April 22, President Trump issued an executive order to limit immigration and pause the issuance of Green Cards to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. In this Briefing, our guests discuss whether limitations on immigration may be a sound mitigation tactic, or whether restrictive immigration policies may be impeding our response to the pandemic.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Issues and Boundaries of Federalism

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-07)
      This COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing explores vertical and horizontal federalism to address how the federal government and state governments can act and interact during the pandemic.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Medicaid and the ACA

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-04-16)
      As it becomes clearer that the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt disproportionately by those already facing disparities, one question that keeps arising is the role insurance will play in the fall-out. This Briefing focuses on Medicaid and the ACA, particularly the implications of not re-opening the exchanges.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: The Wisconsin Decision

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-19)
      The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down on Wednesday the decision by Governor Tony Evers to extend a stay-at-home order. The 4-3 decision challenges the governor’s ability “to rely on emergency powers indefinitely,” and leaves residents in the state with only a patchwork of local and county-level orders to guide and protect them. In this Briefing, our panel discusses the decision and the precedent it sets, and where we could go from here. Recorded May 18, 2020.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Trends, Take-Aways, and Things to Think About

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-06-11)
      Before the COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefing breaks for a summer hiatus, the editorial panel will meet to look back and digest the past three months of legal issues, count some of the biggest lessons learned, and look to the future ahead.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Vulnerable Workers

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-26)
      The new coronavirus has continued to exacerbate existing racial disparities in the United States. One key area of concern focuses on employment and communities of color – who disproportionately hold many of the service-focused positions considered essential. This Briefing explores structural discrimination and looks at how the CARES Act and HEROES Act are working (or not) to address these issues.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series One: Workplace Safety

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-05-14)
      Workplace safety for essential workers raises considerable legal and ethical questions during this pandemic. Guest Emily Spieler will discuss how employment and labor laws, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s approach to the pandemic, are (and are not) protecting the safety of these critical but vulnerable workers, and what legal avenues exist to ensure safety for these workers and others as we move toward reopening of additional workplaces.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Biden’s First 100 Days: What Can Be Done Right Away

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2021-01-28)
      Joe Biden began his first 100 days in office by signing a slew of executive orders, many of them aimed at addressing his administration’s top priority: tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. These initial moves represent a preliminary but insufficient plan for reigning in the still-rampant virus. What else can Biden do as newly-minted Chief Executive to have an immediate impact? Experts discuss early possibilities and priorities in this COVID Law Briefing.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Disinformation in the Pandemic: the Politicization of Public Health

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2021-02-04)
      A successful public health response to a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic requires broad dissemination and widespread acceptance of accurate information. Yet nowhere has the politicization of scientific fact and the subsequent loss of trust in expert advice been made more clear than in the nation’s fractured handling of the virus. This has led some to declare COVID-19 to be “the first post-truth pandemic.” Forging a path forward will require addressing the roots of our systemic departure from shared scientific realities. On this week’s COVID Law Briefing, experts seek a return to truth.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Improving Data Collection and Management

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2021-03-09)
      The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed much of American life online as it simultaneously pushed nationwide healthcare infrastructure to the brink. The pandemic has shown how far the data system has lagged behind, particularly in its ability to collect, manage, and share large amounts of health data to guide better outcomes. These systems are now more vital than ever in fostering cooperation across distances and borders that the global pandemic has leaped. The experts on this week’s COVID Law Briefing ask what changes can be made in this rapidly advancing field to address this public health crisis and the next.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Shadow Docket

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2021-05-27)
      Join Lance Gable of Wayne State University Law School, Wendy Parmet of Northeastern University School of Law, and Scott Burris of Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research to discuss how shadow docket cases have created consequential developments in the interpretation of public health law, and how that impacts public health interventions going forward.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Should (and Could) the Federal Government Call for a Mask Mandate?

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2020-11-17)
      President-elect Joe Biden has a robust plan for slowing the infection rate of COVID-19. Should that plan include a federal mask mandate? Is such a thing even legally possible? Professors Lance Gable, Lindsay Wiley, and Wendy Parmet discuss the legal and social implications of a mask mandate, including the ways that it may be helped or hindered by the three branches of government and the likelihood of compliance among U.S. citizens.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: State Efforts to Restrict Public Health Powers

      George Consortium; Center for Health Policy and Law (Northeastern University School of Law); Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); APHA Law Section (2021-06-22)
      Watch as Wendy Parmet, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director at the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University, Jill Kreuger, Director of the Northern Region Office for the Network for Public Health Law, and Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, delve into state efforts to restrict public health powers and the legislation being written to do so. Check out the report developed by the Network and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) that Jill Kreuger mentioned during the briefing here : Proposed Limits on Public Health Authority: Dangerous for Public Health