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Founded in October, 2000 as a CDC Collaborating Center in Public Health Legal Preparedness, and in June, 2005 as a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center in Public Health Law and Human Rights, the Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities is a primary, international, national, state, and local resource on public health law, ethics, human rights, and policy for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, judges, academics, policymakers, and others.

News and Updates

  • October 20, 2008 - ReachMD on XM Radio has recently posted its broadcast concerning expedited partner therapies (EPT), including analyses from Center Executive Director James G. Hodge, Jr. Please link here for more information about the broadcast. For more information about the Center's collaborative work with CDC to examine the legal framework for EPT nationally, please link here.
  • October 17, 2008 - the Centers is pleased to announce its forthcoming work to assess legal and ethical issues concerning mental and behavioral health preparedness as part of a $7.7 million award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness. In collaboration with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Center Executive Director, James G. Hodge, Jr., and colleagues will explore critical legal and ethical issues through a multi-stage, five-year project designed to provide significant guidance for mental and behavioral health professionals, emergency management personnel, policymakers and others. For more information, please link here.
  • October 1, 2008 - the Centers is pleased to announce the continuation of its project to examine legal and regulatory issues concerning the Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP). With funding and support from DHHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers will focus on local emergency laws and policies in forthcoming work in 2008-2009. For more information about the Centers' existing work regarding ESAR-VHP, please link here.
  • August 12, 2008 - the American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution urging the removal of legal barriers to implementing expedited partner therapies (EPT) nationally. For more information about EPT and the Center's collaborative work with CDC to examine the legal framework for EPT nationally, please link here.
  • July 16, 2008 - The Centers' report, Legal Preparedness for School Closures in Response to Pandemic Influenza and Other Emergencies, which presents a summary description and analyses of express state laws concerning school closure, is now available. For additional information, please link here.
  • June 20, 2008 - As a CDC collaborating center with CDC's Public Health Law Program, the Centers was pleased to participate in the CDC/ASLME 2008 National Summit on Obesity Prevention on June 18-20, 2008 in Atlanta, GA. Invited participants focused on various legal interventions to address obesity in the United States and internationally.
  • June 4, 2008 - The Colorado Legislature has passed major public health legislation, SB 194: The Public Health Revitalization Act, based in part on the Turning Point Model State Public Health Act. SB 194 was signed into law by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on June 3, 2008. For more information from the Colorado Public Health Alliance, please link here.
  • May 16, 2008 - Together with CDC's Public Health Law Program and CDC's Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, the Centers is pleased to announce a series of collaborative projects on tuberculosis control laws and policies, including a comprehensive review of select jurisdictions' express TB control laws, development of a handbook on TB control laws and policies, and a forthcoming model state TB control act. For more information, please link here.
  • January 25, 2008 - Together with the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health and Public Health Law Program, the Centers announces the availability of the Report entitled “A CDC Review of School Laws and Policies Concerning Child and Adolescent Health” which is now published as a Special Issue of the Journal of School Health (Volume 78), February 2008. Using the coordinated school health program model as a framework, the Report examines laws and policies concerning the health of children and adolescents in schools. It is intended to help practitioners and policymakers in public health and education at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels enhance their knowledge of relevant laws and policies.
  • January 18, 2008 - Together with CDC's Public Health Law Program, the Centers notes the publication of the official proceedings of the 2007 National Summit on Public Health Legal Preparedness: The National Action Agenda for Public Health Legal Preparedness as a special supplement of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. This issue features the contributions of Centers colleagues, including James G. Hodge, Jr., Executive Director, and Senior Scholars, Kristine Gebbie and David Fidler.

Brief Background

Guided by a diverse group of faculty, scholars, fellows, and collaborative partners, and with additional funding support from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center seeks to enhance the visibility and effectiveness of law as a tool for the promotion of the public's health by:


Comments and suggestions concerning Center activities, resources, information, and website are invited. Please contact James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M., Executive Director.