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