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The Public Health Law Center

Everyone deserves to be healthy. The Public Health Law Center collaborates with others to reduce and eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food, support physical activity, and address other causes of chronic disease. Our belief in health and equity for all people is at the core of our work.

Our partnerships include 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. Our deep knowledge, thoughtful legal and policy analysis, and individualized approach help these partners create healthier communities around the country.

Founded in 2000, the Center is located at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. This region/area is known as Bdote, the birthplace and center of all things for the Dakota people.

To learn more about the importance of Indigenous land acknowledgments, visit the Native Governance Center web site.


Our Mission

Health through the power of law and policy. 


Our Services Include

  • Helping our partners shape local, state, and national policies that prevent heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. (See our publication What is legal technical assistance?)
  • Creating publications, presentations, and resources that help others understand the legal opportunities and barriers to improve the nation's health.
  • Bringing together and collaborating with the nation's leading public health experts to find strategic solutions to pressing health problems.
  • Defending groundbreaking new policies by assisting government attorneys and writing expert friend-of-the-court briefs in important legal cases.
  • Tracking and interpreting public health laws in all 50 states.