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The Public's Health and the Law in the 21st Century
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Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta June 12-14, 2006


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Law Program and the American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics cosponsor the annual public health law conference: The Public's Health & the Law in the 21st Century. The 2006 conference will focus on innovative legal tools for improved public health with emphasis on information participants can use in day-to-day practice. The conference faculty will reflect the multidisciplinary composition of the conference participants, exploring cutting-edge issues at the intersection of public health and the law and presenting concrete examples of law as a public health tool, both domestically and internationally.

Conference Goal

The goal of this conference series is to improve the understanding of law as a public health tool.

Conference Objectives

By taking part in the annual conferences, participants are better able:
  • to explain the critical role law plays in protecting the health of the public and in strengthening the public health system for potential emergencies; to describe practical approaches to applying legal tools to today's top-priority public health issues;
  • to identify and assess scientific and other evidence for law-based public health strategies; and
  • to build partnerships with colleagues across professional boundaries.

Who Should Attend

This national conference continues to grow in size and scope each year. In 2005, more than 600 took part, drawn from all fifty states, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. Attendees include: federal, state, and local public health leaders, practitioners, and legal counsel; elected and appointed public policy makers; physicians and nurses in public health and clinical practice; emergency management and law enforcement officials; judges and attorneys active in public health and health care and; educators and researchers in public health law; as well as students from law schools and schools of public health around the country.

"Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not."

-George Bernard Shaw

The Public's Health and the Law in the 21St Century 5TH Annual Conference               June 12-14, 2006
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