Health equity is determined by fair access to resources and comparable health outcomes between individuals but is shaped by larger social and political systems. In this webinar, CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) examine the foundations of public health law and its relationship to public health equity. Speakers will discuss the scope of laws that impact social determinants of health in a community, covering topics such as:regulations for safe food, clean water, healthy housing conditions, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, occupational safety and health, and medical practice. 

Participants will engage with the speakers, learn to recognize key principles and procedural rules when exercising public health powers, and gain deeper familiarity with the major laws that shape our health systems.

Presenters

Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS

Director, Public Health Law Program

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Matthew Penn is the Director of CDC Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support’s Public Health Law Program (PHLP).  In his role as PHLP Director, he leads a team of legal analysts responsible for the agency’s efforts in legal epidemiology and workforce development to support the understanding and use…

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Samantha Bent Weber, JD

Staff Attorney, Health Equity Law, Public Health Law Program

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Sam Bent Weber is a Program Analyst through Cherokee Nation Assurance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Law Program, which is housed at the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. She specializes in work to improve public health through the development of legal tools…

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Jessica Breslin, JD

Attorney

ChangeLab Solutions

As an attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, Jessica works on law and policy related to economic justice, health equity, tobacco, and healthy communities. Jessica comes to ChangeLab Solutions from Bay Area Legal Aid, where she provided civil legal services coordination, advice, and direct representation at the Alameda County Collaborative Court and…

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Moderator

Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and the Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice. A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, advocating for public…

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