VISION To advance the use and understanding of law to protect and improve the public's health.
MISSION Promoting healthy people and healthy communities through dialogue, partnerships, education, and research in public health law.
PHLA was established because law is fundamental to the origin, understanding and delivery of public health services. Law improves the likelihood that residents of local, state, national, tribal and international communities can lead healthy, long, and productive lives. Better understanding of the law, government, the policy-making process, and the role of attorneys in support of their public health clientele improves the public's health.
The Public Health Law Association was incorporated in the District of Columbia in 2003. PHLA is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association. Donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
PHLA is governed by a Board of Directors. PHLA staff and committees work to publish newsletters, resource lists, and best practices information that will be of benefit to those who work with public health law and policy. PHLA hosts and works collaboratively with other organizations on conferences and teleconferences.
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PHLA Elects New Directors and Officers
New officers for 2007-2008 were elected:
Martin P. Wasserman, President
Jean O'Connor, Treasurer
Wendy E. Parmet, Secretary
Daniel J. O'Brien, Past President
2006 PHLA Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Professor Lawrence O. Gostin, Director, Center for Law & the Public’s Health at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, is the recipient of the 2006 PHLA Distinguished Career Award in Public Health Law. Professor Gostin is a prominent, acclaimed, and celebrated international scholar in law and public health. He has been a proliferate scholar on dozens of major topics in the field of public health law, and has defined it as a field in the modern era. His capacity to wield the lenses of ethics, human rights, economics, and the public health sciences distinguishes his work. More information about his extensive accomplishments is available online at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum/tab_faculty.cfm?Status=Faculty&Det ail=258
2006 PHLA Achievement in Public Health Award
On behalf of a city that has overcome extensive hurdles in the hopes of achieving this goal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Dr. Thomas Frieden, Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, City of New York, are co-recipients of the 2006 Achievement in Public Health Law Award. Combining their strengths, they have long been vanguards in promoting innovative and effective public health policies. The collective efforts of Mayor Bloomberg and Dr. Frieden have borne witness to the effects of utilizing legal, legislative, and policy interventions as a tool to improve the public’s health. These dedicated and tireless ambassadors of public health have a unified vision of a healthy New York City.
Frank P. Grad, Professor Emeritus of Legislation at Columbia Law School, is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award. This award recognizes an individual whose career was devoted to using law to improve the public's health. Professor Grad's efforts in public health law have spanned nearly 50 years. He participated in the development of the New York City Health Code which has become a standard for modern health law. He is the author of The Public Health Law Manual, now in its third edition, a classic authority on public health law.
The Honorable Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas, is the recipient of the 2005 Achievement in Public Health Law Award. This award recognizes an outstanding achievement in the use of law as a means to promote healthy people and healthy communities. Governor Huckabee launched the Healthy Arkansas initiative that includes a project to promote health behavioral changes related to weight management and smoking cessation. His leadership is a model for the development, use, and application of law as a means to promote healthy people and communities.
The Board of Directors of PHLA established the "Awards for Excellence in Public Health Law" program in 2004, and gave the first of these awards at an evening reception on June 15, 2004, during the public health law conference, "The Public's Health and the Law in the 21st Century."
Gene W. Matthews, former Legal Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will receive the "Distinguished Career Award" this year, in recognition of his long and dedicated service to CDC and his tireless efforts to enhance the field of public health law. The Distinguished Career Award acknowledges individuals whose career has been devoted to using, creating and/or encouraging the use of law to improve the public's health. This award will only be given when merited and may not be given annually.
The Turning Point Public Health Statute Modernization Collaborative was the 2004 recipient of the "Distinguished Achievement in Public Health Law Award." After three years of work, the Collaborative recently distributed the "Turning Point Model State Public Health Act", a tool for state, local and tribal governments to use in improving their public health statutes and administrative rules. The Distinguished Achievement Award is given annually to an individual, organization or group to acknowledge outstanding achievement during the preceding calendar year in the development, use or application of law as a means to promote healthy people in healthy communities.