THE PUBLIC Health Law center
We collaborate with others to reduce and eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food, support physical activity, and address other causes of chronic disease. We partner with Tribal health leaders, federal agencies, national health advocacy organizations, state and local governments, planners, researchers, attorneys, community coalitions, and individuals working on public health issues to create healthier communities around the country.
COMMERCIAL TOBACCO CONTROL
Countering the Tobacco Epidemic
The Public Health Law Center supports commercial tobacco control policy change throughout the United States, developing resources on the most effective legal and policy measures that health leaders and policymakers can use to control the epidemic of commercial tobacco use and counteract the predatory tactics of Big Tobacco.
TRIBAL PUBLIC HEALTH
Supporting Tribal Sovereignty and Indigenous Health
Tribal Nations are continuously applying their sovereignty to support health for their peoples and lands. Colonialism and attempted genocide have disrupted many Indigenous systems and structures, causing significant health inequities. Yet, Tribes and Indigenous people are resilient, working to reinforce and restore traditional ways to advance health across Indian Country. Policy can be an effective tool to support this work.
Healthy Food is Essential for Everyone
Being able to eat good food is fundamental to our wellbeing. Food nourishes us, reflects our families and cultures, and brings us together in community. The Public Health Law Center supports policy change designed to make healthy, tasty, culturally relevant foods easy to grow, get, make, and eat, for everyone.
Humans are Meant to Move
Policies shape the spaces around us and how we move through our neighborhoods. The Public Health Law Center helps communities think about how to use land use, community planning, transportation planning, and green space policy tools to maximize opportunities for physical activity and better mobility for all.
Climate Action Improves Public Health
Climate change is one of the largest public health challenge facing our nation and world, with global consequences but also localized health impacts. The Public Health Law Center has recently expanded its work to include the pursuit of healthy buildings, indoor air quality, and its intersection with climate change and climate justice.
Litigation TrackerLitigation is an important tool for both defending and advancing public health policy. This resource shares information and official court documents from select lawsuits within the focus areas of the Public Health Law Center, including commercial tobacco control and healthy eating. Additionally, we have included some cases relevant to cross-cutting issues that affect public health, such as preemption and First Amendment considerations.
Keep Up to DatePHLC staff members provide updates on litigation and news stories.
Recent Webinars on Pressing IssuesPHLC staff members share the latest on urgent topics.
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