On June 12-14, 2006, CDC's Public Health Law Program and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and additional partners convened the fifth annual partnership conference
entitled "The Public's Health & the Law in the 21st Century" in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference explored innovative legal tools for improved public health while emphasizing concrete
examples of law as a public health tool, both domestically and internationally.
Over 600 participants attended the conference including elected officials who make public health laws, public health practitioners and legal counsel, 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, educators and researchers in public health law,
as well as others active in, and interested in, law as a tool for improved public health.
At the conclusion of this conference, participants were able to:
- Explain the critical role law plays in protecting the health of the public and in strengthening the public health system
- Describe practical approaches to applying legal tools to today's top-priority public health issues
- Identify and assess scientific and other evidence for effective, law-based public health strategies
- Build partnerships with colleagues across professional boundaries