Plenary Sessions

2024 Plenary Sessions

Navigating the Evolving Legal Terrain: State and Federal Legislative and Court Updates


Matthew Penn, Director, Office of Public Health Law Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Andy Baker-White with The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

Adriane Casalotti with National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Jennifer Piatt with Arizona State University (ASU)

The legal landscape is ever-changing, and public health is no exception. From potential adjustments to key legal doctrine in administrative law to legislative developments impacting public health authority, it has become increasingly important to stay up to date on legal and policy developments impacting public health practice. Attendees of this session will gain critical and timely insights regarding the current happenings in legislative and judicial bodies across various jurisdictional levels from our panel of experts. Insights that will allow audience members to become better informed and empowered to both advocate on behalf of their communities and address public health issues in their work, whether it be law, policy, or public health practice. 

Exploring Environmental Health Law: Insights that Impact Law and Policy


Duane Stansbury, Health Commissioner, Warren County Health District - Ohio


Andy Melendez-Salgado with City of New Orleans Health Department

Brittany Meyer with American Lung Association

Maya van Rossum with For the Generations

From indoor air to environmental justice, environmental health plays an integral role in mitigating health issues and addressing hazards in the community. Join us for an insightful session where attendees will gain a stronger understanding of environmental health law, its impact on our communities, and what leaders in the field are doing to address it through law and policy. Participants will also hear about current issues, recent initiatives, and upcoming policies impacting public health practice. Attendees will walk away from this session with increased knowledge and the tools to better apply environmental health into their work and enhance the overall well-being of their communities.

Integrating Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Law and Policy


Mellissa Sager, Assistant County Attorney, Adams County Attorney's Office


Kenneth Goodman with University of Miami

Heather Morton with National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Tara Ramanathan with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an integral part of our society, from chatbots to targeted ads on social media, there seems to be no escaping it. As AI continues to be integrated into our daily lives, questions regarding ethics, its potential, and how to best utilize AI come to the forefront. Listen to panelists discuss how to harness AI to enhance public health, explore its future potential, while also examining its pitfalls and the ethical considerations surrounding its application to public health. This session will provide you with the knowledge and tools to embrace AI and learn how to use the system to benefit your community’s wellbeing.