Other Public Health Law

Public health law is about the government’s power to protect and preserve the health of the community and the tensions between that power and individual rights to autonomy, privacy, liberty, property and other legally protected interests.  It is about social justice and ensuring that the state’s legal public health powers and duties are balanced with respect for private rights.  Because of these tensions and the need for this balance, public health law is a dynamic, evolving and often controversial field.

Law and public health intersect in many ways, resulting in a rich field of public health law topics.  Our attorneys specialize in providing legal technical assistance in tobacco control, healthy eating and active living, but have expertise in other areas of public health law as well. 

  • Preemption in public health
  • Grassroots movement building in public health
  • Lobbying laws and legal limits on public health advocacy   
  • Health and housing
  • Food safety
  • Workplace health and wellness
  • Public health marketing regulation
  • Public health and human rights
  • Health disparities

Our Center also coordinates the Network for Public Health Law, a new national initiative that connects those working on pressing public health issues to help them develop, implement and enforce laws that effectively solve public health problems. For more information about the Network and the range of public health law issues it addresses, visit its website at www.networkforphl.org

Featured Publications

  Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference Report: A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health (2014)

This Report discusses key themes from the Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference held in Duluth, MN in September 2013. The Report also has a companion piece: Perspectives and Next Steps in Creating a Healthier Healthcare System.

  Perspectives and Next Steps in Creating a Healthier Healthcare System (2014)

This discussion guide is a companion piece to Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference Report: A Collaborative, Cross-Sectoral, and Local Approach to Health.  It provides additional take-aways and ideas for next steps, based on the Creating Accountable Communities for Health Conference held in Duluth, MN in September 2013. 

  An Introduction to the Public Health Law Center

Date: 
Fri, 10/26/2012
Time: 
12:00PM

The Public Health Law Center provides legal technical assistance to communities around the country on a variety of public health issues. This webinar outlines the breadth and depth of assistance, with a specific emphasis on support to Minnesota grantees working on Community Transformation Grant (CTG) projects, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) strategies and Tobacco Free Community (TFC) initiatives.