News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Free Webinars on Public Health and the Judiciary

PolioVaccinePosterCDCWellbeeThe U.S. D.H.H.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) are sponsoring three free webinars on Public Health and the Judiciary.  The first webinar – When Public Health Goes to Court:  Judicial Structure and Functions – will be 1pm-2:30pm EST, Thursday, February 5th, 2015.  This webinar will will look at the structure and essential functions of the state and federal court systems (including administrative courts), explore the Tribal court system, and examine the role of court watch programs in addressing public health issues.  Speakers will be Judge David T. Emerson, Douglas County Superior Court, Georgia; Lorre Cuzze, JD, MPH, Law Clerk, State Court of Dekalb County, Georgia; Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management; and Kerri McGowan Lowrey, JD, MPH, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law – Eastern region.  CLEs are available for some attendees.  Register here.

The two upcoming webinars in this series will be Public Health in the Courts and The Court and Public Health Emergencies.  Details will be publicized as they become available.  In the general materials on the need for these webinars, the CDC and NPHL recognize that the US court system has a substantial impact on public health.  “The courts have been instrumental in establishing the evolving reach and boundaries of government involvement in public health since the 1800’s.  The Supreme Court’s landmark 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts recognized the judiciary as both an enforcer of governmental public health policies, and an arbiter of the conflicts between individual liberties and public interests that arise from governmental public health action.  Because of the critical role that the U.S. judicial system plays in advancing public health goals, it is essential that public health practitioners, legal counsel, and other partners understand how the court system works and how courts are involved in public health matters.”

Above image is a 1963 CDC poster, featuring “Wellbee,” a CDC symbol of public health.

International Health Statistics with OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary Health Statistics is the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) premier online information source for the global health information. This database offers CSU researchers access to worldwide data on health status, health care resources, non-medical determinants of health, demographic and economic references, and much more. [Note that this OECD database is listed in the Schwartz Library’s list of databases, not under the Law Library.] Here’s a sampling of statistics available from OECD iLibrary Health Statistics that will give you a flavor of the information depth of this resource –

  • Total expenditure on health per capita
  • Government social spending per head
  • Old age social spending
  • Public unemployment spending
  • Causes of mortality
  • Prevention and public health services
  • Alcohol and tobacco consumption
  • Obesity rates

Calorie Labeling for Vending Machine Snacks

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed several recent federal regulations that would implement the obesity-fighting measures in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One of these proposed regulations [full text from Justia Regulation Tracker] would “require that for an article of food sold from a vending machine that does not permit a prospective purchaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel before purchasing the article, or does not otherwise provide visible nutrition information at the point of purchase…the vending machine operator must disclose the number of calories for the article of food.” The FDA posits that providing calorie disclosure for vending machine food would help consumers make healthier snacking choices.

You can learn more about researching federal regulations, including proposed rules, in our Administrative Law Research Guide.

Student Health Law Conference – Oct. 22

For those of you interested in a health law career…The 4th Annual Student Health Law Conference will be held on Friday, October 22 at Seton Hall Law School.  The conference is being co-sponsored with the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.  Topics covered include,  networking with potential employers, nontraditional jobs for health lawyers, find out what health lawyers do, tips on how to contact prospective employers, and how to start your own firm.  Take a moment to check out the conference description.