The Future of Emergency Powers in Public Health

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2020-22
December 15, 2022 - Noon to 1:30pm Central

The COVID-19 pandemic created a public health emergency. In response, state and federal authorities took a range of steps to control infections and deaths, including declaring emergencies, instituting crisis standards of care, calling for masking, requiring vaccination or testing, and closing sites where individuals were congregating and at risk. This has prompted reactions from gratitude to anger, as well as legislation and litigation. Now, RSV and influenza are surging, especially in children. This webinar will bring together national experts to discuss the future of public health powers, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to rebuild trust in public health institutions in communities across the country.

Panelists will discuss these pressing issues and respond to audience questions during this highly interactive webinar.

Find resources related to the webinar here. 

Panelists are:

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM

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Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Director, Center for Public Health Law and Policy

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James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, is the Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Director of the Center for Public Health Law and Policy at Arizona State University. Since 2010, he has served as director of the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, one of 5 centers nationally funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Since its inception, the office has assisted public health lawyers, officials, practitioners, students, and others across 11 states and nationally on over 4,950 claims. Professor Hodge is a national expert on emergency legal preparedness, obesity laws and policies, vaccination laws, and public health information privacy.

Michelle M. Mello, MPhil, PhD, JD

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Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Professor of Health Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine  

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Michelle Mello is a leading empirical health law scholar whose research is focused on understanding the effects of law and regulation on health care delivery and population health outcomes. She holds a joint appointment at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  In 2013, Mello was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, in recognition of outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Sandra C. Quinn, PhD, MEd

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Professor and Chair, Department of Family Science
Senior Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

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Dr. Quinn is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Science and Senior Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She is engaged in research related to the COVID-19 and influenza vaccines specifically focused on vaccine acceptance among African Americans and other communities of color, and crisis and emergency risk communication with a specific focus on minority populations. Dr. Quinn is currently co-PI on an MPowering the State grant, Predicting and Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among African Americans during the Coronavirus Pandemic. She is a member of the NIH-funded, COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) expert panel on older adults, the Maryland SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group, and the National Minority Quality Forum’s CDC COVID and Influenza Vaccination Cooperative Agreement. She was an appointed member of a National Academies Committee on Evidence-Based Practices for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (2018-2020)

Moderated by:

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH

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Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health
Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota

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Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Medical School. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as a high-level advisor on issues related to bioterrorism, public health preparedness, and infectious diseases.

Susan M. Wolf, JD

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Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences
Regents Professor
McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy
Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law
Professor of Medicine

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Professor Susan M. Wolf is a Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences and Founding Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).