• 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: CDC Independence

      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 (2021-06-01)
      Christopher Robertson of Boston University School of Law, Gene Matthews of the Network for Public Health Law, and Scott Burris of the Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research discuss whether the CDC should be more politically independent, and what that might look like.
    • 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: Equitable Vaccine Distribution: Essential Workers and Scarce Resources

      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 (2021-01-26)
      Equitably distributing the COVID-19 vaccine remains easier said than done. The Biden administration has made tackling the pandemic its top priority--but limited resources, insufficient federal frameworks, and the issue of how to prioritize different vulnerable populations, like essential workers and the elderly, continue to complicate efforts. Tune in to the latest COVID Law Briefing to hear expert analyses of legal options for achieving equity through immunity.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Global Vaccine Sharing Issues

      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 (2021-06-03)
      Join as Jorge L. Contreras, Professor of Law at the University of Utah, discusses the major obstacles stalling global vaccine sharing and how they might be addressed with Ana Santos Rutschmann, Assistant Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, and Brook K. Baker, Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law.
    • 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: International Lessons Learned

      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 (2021-06-17)
      Listen in as Nicolas Terry of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the international response to the pandemics and how we can learn from mistakes made on the global scale with Anniek de Ruijter, Professor of European Law at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Andrew Noymer, Professor of Pubic Health at the University of California Irvine, and Nils Hoppa, from the Faculty for Humanities and SocialSciences at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Lessons from Europe

      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 (2020-12-03)
      In the final Briefing before a brief winter hiatus, Professors Nicolas Terry and Scott Burris host an in-depth conversation about the COVID-19 responses in the U.S. and across Europe. The panelists discuss their countries' successes and failures, how their systems of government play a role, and the impact of the European Union.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Preemption, Public Health, and Equity in the Time of COVID-19

      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 (2021-02-11)
      Communication and coordination between federal, state, and local lawmakers is key to an effective pandemic response. President Biden has begun his ambitious pandemic strategy at the federal level, but states and localities still have an important role to play In this week’s COVID Law Briefing, legal experts examine the role preemption has played in the pandemic response, including how it might impact policies designed to aid in longer term recovery.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Public Health in the States: Contact Tracing, Intrastate and Interstate Quarantine, and Struggles over 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 (2021-02-18)
      As new variants spread throughout the country, much of the U.S. COVID-19 response hinges on the states containing community spread. From vaccinations, to PPE procurement to mask mandates, state leaders need a plan and the capacity to implement it. As policymakers create new rules around interstate travel, quarantining, and contact tracing, cooperation between the states will be integral to the success of our response. This week’s COVID Law Briefing examines the states’ role in the national virus response and future public health preparedness.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: School Reopenings and Online Learning

      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 (2021-03-02)
      It is increasingly clear that online learning--especially for younger children--has been one of the most difficult #COVID transitions, with levels of engagement, retention, and mental health plummeting. At the same time, more and more evidence suggests that children under the age of 13 are relatively unlikely to transmit or become seriously sick with the virus. The debate is now escalating around the damage that will be done to students with schools closed, the risks that vulnerable teachers will face with schools open, and the role of vaccine prioritization in potentially threading the needle. This week’s COVID Law Briefing tackles the ongoing issue and recommends strategies for renewed cooperation.
    • 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
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Substance Use Disorder and Mental 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 (2021-03-04)
      This past year has upended the daily routines and patterns that so many Americans rely upon to structure their lives. Some of those most adversely affected by this sustained instability have been those battling mental illness and substance abuse issues. As the US nears the one-year mark of a uniquely isolating national tragedy, rates of alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and reported depression and anxiety are peaking. Healing systemic injuries like these will require more than vaccines. The experts on this week’s COVID Law Briefing ask what can be done, through policy or institutional leadership, to ensure a deeper recovery.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on the Affordable Care Act

      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 (2020-11-12)
      Join Nicolas Terry of Indiana University, Sara Rosenbaum of George Washington University, and Nicole Huberfeld of Boston University, as they analyze the two upcoming Supreme Court cases that could determine the future of the Affordable Care Act and the tens of millions of Americans who rely on it for their healthcare.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: The Role of the Courts: Religious Exemptions and the legacy of Jacobson v. Massachusetts

      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 (2021-02-23)
      From the onset of the pandemic almost one year ago, the question of the government’s power to mandate public health protections has loomed large in the national conversation. Now, with the prospect of widespread vaccinations becoming a reality, the power (or lack thereof) of lawmakers to require their citizens be vaccinated in the name of public health has become more pressing than ever. We turn to Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the 1905 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the states’ ability to mandate vaccinations. How does Jacobson’s precedent and legacy affect today’s COVID response? What role will it play in the upcoming Supreme Court spring 2021 session? Find out more on this week’s COVID Policy Playbook briefing.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Vaccine Distribution

      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 (2021-01-21)
      Though COVID vaccine production is ramping up, the U.S. is lagging well behind schedule in distributing and administering available vaccines. Efforts at the state level are being further hampered by slapdash attempts at coordination and a growing resistance to receiving the vaccine among certain populations. What can employers, schools and governments legally do to encourage uptake? In the first COVID Law Briefing of 2021, we will analyze best practices and sound strategies to get vaccine distribution back on track.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: Vaccines, Equity, & Ethics

      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 (2020-11-19)
      Recently, both Pfizer and Moderna have announced potential candidates for a COVID-19 vaccine. Patricia Zettler, Jewel Mullen, and Sarah de Guia discuss how the FDA issues emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for pharmaceutical products, related safety concerns, and how to equitably distribute a future COVID-19 vaccine.
    • COVID-19 Law and Policy Briefings, Series Two: What Will Winter Bring?

      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 (2020-12-01)
      Health experts anticipate major spikes in COVID-19 infections over the course of this winter. Looking forward, Ruqaiijah Yearby, Michael Sinha, and Evan Anderson discuss how to increase accessibility to PPE and other crucial resources, the importance of mental health services for patients, their families, and health care providers, and measures for avoiding a flu/COVID "double pandemic."