Policy surveillance has provided vital information on the rapidly changing legal landscape that can be used to understand the impact of law on health outcomes, system performance, and costs. In this Web Forum, CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) will explore key competencies for public health leaders in utilizing legal epidemiology as an effective tool for planning and decision-making. Speakers will discuss legal mapping, surveillance, and critical evaluation of implemented policies by comparing population health outcomes across national, state, and local levels. Participants will take away a professional understanding of legal data collection methods, value of long-term studies, and broadly how law is used to improve public health.


Tara Ramanathan Holiday, JD, MPH

Research and Translation Team Lead, Public Health Law Program

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta, GA

Tara Ramanathan Holiday serves as the Team Lead for Research and Translation and a Public Health Analyst with the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, where she specializes in state and local government law related to health system transformation, health information technology, and healthcare quality. Ms. Holiday has published over 40reports…

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Mike Ellsworth, MPA, JD

Federal Liaison, Review Officer, Policy Counsel

Washington State Department of Health

Tumwater, WA

Michael Lewis Ellsworth serves as the Federal Liaison, Review Officer, and Policy Counsel with the Washington State Department of Health’s Office of Policy and Legislative Relations. Mr. Ellsworth advises the Washington’s Secretary of Health on federal legal issues and advocates for public health priorities with Washington’s federal congressional delegation. Mr.…

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Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President Emeritus, External Relations and Preventive Medicine

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

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

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Senior 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…

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