Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Checklists on Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Checklists on Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies

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Legal preparedness is an integral part of comprehensive preparedness for public health emergencies. To assess existing legal preparedness, state health departments have made extensive use of the draft Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA), researched and written in December 2001 by the Center for Law and the Public's Health at Georgetown and John Hopkins universities in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national public health partners. Although MSEHPA has been widely introduced and passed in states, state and local public health agencies need additional tools to assess public health emergency legal preparedness. Following consultation with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, CDC requested the Center for Law and the Public's Health to prepare checklists on three critical topics in public health emergency legal preparedness:

* Interjurisdictional Legal Coordination for Public Health Emergency Preparedness.

* Local Government Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness and Response, and

* Civil Legal Liability Issues and Public Health Emergencies.

These checklists are intended for voluntary use by public health agencies (at all levels of government) in assessing their legal preparedness for public health emergencies. …

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