Addressing the Politicization of U.S. Health Care and Public Health Services

CONTACT: Karen Teber / km463@georgetown.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

Addressing the Politicization of U.S. Health Care and Public Health Services

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2018) — The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law hosts a two day symposium addressing controversies and challenges facing the U.S. health care today including legalization of marijuana, gun violence, the opioid epidemic and the Affordable Care Act.

The two-day symposium “Public Health Law on the Frontlines: Addressing Law & Policy Challenges to State/Local Innovations” runs Thurs., June 21 through Fri. June 22 at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Politicization of U.S. health care and public health services contributes to major shifts in laws and policies following changes in federal or state administrations, challenging public health and health care systems. This program explores many legal themes impacting state and local health innovations to assess strategies and objectives to promote individual and communal health.

WHAT:
Public Health Law on the Frontlines: Addressing Law & Policy Challenges to State/Local Innovations

WHEN:  
June 21-22, 2018 (See full agenda below for times)

WHERE:
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
129 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

WHO: (partial list)

  • Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University
  • James G. Hodge Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Western Region Office, Network for Public Health Law
  • Umair A. Shah, Harris County (Houston) Public Health; President, NACCHO
  • Lauren Dedon, National Governors Association
  • Jeff Swanson, Duke University
  • Stephen P. Teret, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Will Tilburg, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
  • Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Timothy M. Westmoreland, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University
  • Kevin Lucia, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University
  • Angela McGowan, Healthy People 2020, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Greg Measer, Food and Drug Administration
  • Barbara DiPietro, National Health Care for the Homeless Council

(See complete list of speakers in the agenda below)

 

MEDIA: Please contact Karen Teber: km463@georgetown.edu if you plan to attend any portion of the event.  Live streaming is not available.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.

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DAY 1: THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

COFFEE, BEVERAGES & LIGHT BREAKFAST | REGISTRATIONS

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

WELCOME,  OVERVIEW & INTRODUCTIONS

James G. Hodge, Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Western Region Office, Network for Public Health Law

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Emerging Legal Threats to the Public’s Health

Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

State and Local Health Care and Public Health Reforms in Response to Shifting Federal Policies: Health Justice Perspectives

Moderator: James G. Hodge, Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

Kathleen Hoke, University of Maryland Carey School of Law

Emily Whelan Parento, Former Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Health Policy

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Assuring Health Equity in a Turbulent U.S. Health Policy Arena

Umair A. Shah, Harris County (Houston) Public Health; President, NACCHO

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Reframing Public Health Emergencies for the Modern Era: Law & Policy Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Moderator/Speaker: Sonia L. Canzater, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Lauren Dedon, National Governors Association

Regina LaBelle, Duke University

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

BREAK

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Federal-State Battleground over Legalizing Marijuana for Medical or Recreational Uses

Moderator: Katie Gottschalk, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Eric Lindblom, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Will Tilburg, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director, Rhode Island Department of Health


DAY 2: FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

COFFEE, BEVERAGES & LIGHT BREAKFAST

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

RECAP & LOOK AHEAD

James G. Hodge, Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Mega-shifts in Health Care Coverage, Access, and Services:
Ongoing Reforms of the ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Programs

Moderator/Speaker: Timothy M. Westmoreland, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Kevin Lucia, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University

Jack Hoadley, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University

Dania Palanker, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University 

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

BREAK

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Gun Control Laws and Policies in the U.S.: Beyond Debate and Toward Action

Moderator: James G. Hodge, Jr., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU

Jeff Swanson, Duke University

Stephen P. Teret, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

LUNCH

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Religion and Reproductive Rights: Constitutional, Statutory, and Regulatory Challenges

Moderator/Speaker: Rebecca Reingold, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Marlene Fried, Hampshire College

Candace Gibson, NHelp

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

BREAK

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

The Future of Public Health: National Goals, Medical-Legal Partnerships, Homelessness & Emergencies

Moderator: Sarah Roache, Georgetown University Law Center

Angela McGowan, Healthy People 2020, Department of Health and Human Services

Joel Teitelbaum, George Washington University School of Law

Barbara DiPietro, National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Greg Measer, Food and Drug Administration

4:00 PM

ADJOURN AND FAREWELLS