Beyond Public Health Emergency Legal Preparedness: Rethinking Best Practices


  • Jennifer A. Bernstein

    1. Staff Attorney at the Network for Public Health Law Mid-States Region at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, MI.
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The concept of public health legal preparedness grew out of the public health emergency preparedness movement, but was conceptualized more broadly to be utilized to achieve full public health legal preparedness for all types of public health threats. This article analyzes the need to refocus public health legal preparedness to include all areas of public health law and presents a new model for the fourth core element that will aid in the development of legal benchmarks so public health systems can more effectively work towards attaining public health legal preparedness in all areas of public health practice.