The 2021 Public Health Law Conference is an opportunity for the public health community to convene to address the many harms and issues exacerbated by the pandemic, and to continue to explore pathways to protect and empower our public health efforts. The conference tracts examine policy pathways to:
- Equitable COVID-19 recovery
- Improving child and adolescent health
- Addressing environmental and climate challenges
- Eliminating the social and structural barriers to health equity
- Addressing critical issues like the ACA, opioids, mental health, and vaccinations
- Strengthening the legal capacity of public health departments
The full conference agenda is available online: 2021 Public Health Law Conference Agenda (networkforphl.org)
The Public Health Law Conference is planned to be in-person with safety protocols, including the requirement that all attendees be vaccinated. They have adjusted their registration and cancellation policy to allow for a refund should the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide increase to concerning levels resulting in a transition to a fully virtual conference.
Registration, air travel, lodging, meals, and staff time will be covered with three funding sources: budgeted funds within the Communications Program, the District’s funding from the North Sound Accountable Communities of Health (ACH), and COVID response dollars.
This is an opportunity for Ms. Nicole Thomsen to learn more about promising practices and evidence-based strategies for major health issues impacting our communities. It is also an opportunity for staff to network with peers and learn about model programming and policies nationwide that could be shared and implemented here in Snohomish County.