Legal Issues and Resources

Financial and Legal Characteristics of Cross-Jurisdictional Shared Service Agreements Between Local Public Health Agencies

This article examines cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements used by local and tribal public health departments in Wisconsin. It focuses on specific financial and legal elements and highlights the wide variation in the style and content of CJS arrangements. It also raises questions about the completeness of some existing CJS arrangements from a legal perspective and […]

Cross-sector Innovation Initiative: Environmental Scan Full Report

The Cross-sector Innovation Initiative (CSII) environmental scan compiles key findings from a literature review, secondary data analysis and key informant interviews on cross-sector collaboration between the public health, healthcare and social services sectors. Findings highlight the roles that different sectors can play in collaboration, a continuum of collaboration and factors that facilitate or impede cross-sector […]

Public Health Law Research: Exploring Law in Public Health Systems

This article introduces Public Health Law Research as an integral part of Public Health Systems and Services Research and discusses the challenges of their integration. It gives examples of current research that demonstrate the benefits of an integrated approach to improving the use of law in public health practice. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23023273 Ibrahim, J. K., […]

Public Health Legal Preparedness in Indian Country

This article provides an evidence base for understanding existing tribal health law. It discusses deficiencies in the scope and integration of tribal health laws and recommends ways to strengthen tribal public health legal preparedness. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19150897 Bryan, R. T., Schaefer, R. M., DeBruyn, L., & Stier, D. D. (2009). Public health legal preparedness in […]

Improving Cross-Sectoral and Cross-Jurisdictional Coordination for Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness

This paper addresses the need for effective coordination of legal authorities across local, state, tribal and federal jurisdictions, as well as across sectors such as public health, health care, emergency management, education, law enforcement, community design and academia to achieve effective public health emergency preparedness. It further discusses gaps in legal preparedness concerning the use […]

Legal Issues Concerning Identifiable Health Data Sharing Between State/Local Public Health Authorities and Tribal Epidemiology Centers in Selected U.S. Jurisdictions

This article reviews the state-specific laws in seven selected states which authorize or limit the sharing of identifiable public health data between state public health authorities and Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) for lawful public health activities conducted by TECs. It addresses potential legal and policy privacy issues and solutions related to data-sharing practices.

Public Health Futures: Considerations for a New Framework for Local Public Health in Ohio

This report proposes a model for Ohio’s local governmental public health system. The model includes a mechanism for governance and sustainable financing that considers cross-jurisdictional sharing and/or regionalization, enhances quality, and assures value. The project, which is the result of a public health project guided by a steering committee of health commissioners, explored cross-jurisdictional sharing […]

Final Report on the Feasibility of Administration Consolidation Among Health Districts 2, 4, and Central Michigan

This report, prepared by a steering committee comprised of county commissioners, health officers, public health administrators, medical directors and an outside consulting firm, provides results from a fiscal- and programs-related review focused on consolidation options for three health districts in Michigan. E-mail phsharing@khi.org for more information about this publication.

Final Report on the Feasibility of the Consolidation of the Findlay City Health District and the Hancock County (Ohio) General Health District into a Combined General Health District

This report, funded in part by NALBOH, documents a feasibility study of issues and options involved in the creation of a city / county health district consolidation. Call the Center for Sharing Public Health Services for more information about this publication.