Wednesday, August 17: Day 1



12:00 - 1:00 pm

Welcome & Opening

1:15 - 2:45 pm

Workshop: Ready, Set, Practice – Leveraging Legal Epidemiology to Promote Health Equity

Speakers: Rachel Hulkower (CDC), Caroline Brose (Alameda County Public Health Department), Michael Ellsworth (Washington State Department of Health), Taylor Ingram (Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness), Jenna Ciszewski (CDC), Katie Hannon Michel (ChangeLab Solutions)

 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Workshop: Equitable policy development

Speaker:Cesar De La Vega (ChangeLab Solutions) and Nessia Berner Wong (ChangeLab Solutions)

 4:45 - 5:45 pm

Presentation: Public Safety & Public Health Coordination for Infectious Disease Response

Speakers: Karen Ayala (DuPage County Health Department), Christopher Hoff (DuPage County Health Department), Lisa Smith (DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)

 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Networking Event

Thursday, August 18: Day 2


 9:00 - 10:30 am


Plenary: Belonging in Public Health: How the Law and Equity can Collaborate to Improve Public Health Practice

Speakers: John Auerbach (CDC), Sarah de Guia (ChangeLab Solutions), and Montrece Ransom (National Network of Public Health Institutes; moderator) 



 10:45 - 12:00 pm




Challenges of Enforcing Public Health Law

Speakers: Brad Anderson (Washington County) and Shannon O'Fallon (Oregon Department of Justice)


Administrative Law and Equitable Enforcement

Speakers: Maya Hazarika-Watts (ChangeLab Solutions), Katie Hannon Michel (ChangeLab Solutions), and Jessica Breslin (ChangeLab Solutions)


Improving Relationships through Data Partnerships: Creation of Tribal Joint Powers Agreements for Sharing Infectious Disease Data in the State of Minnesota
Speakers: Mariah Norwood (Minnesota Department of Health) and Patricia Freeman (Minnesota Department of Health)

 12:15 - 1:30 pm

Plenary: Health Equity and Research in Practice
Speakers: Dawn Hunter (Network for Public Health Law), Staci Lofton (Families USA), and Ruqaiijah Yearby (The Ohio State University & Institute for Healing Justice and Equity)



 1:45 - 2:45 pm



Racial Equity Impact Assessment for Gun Violence Prevention

Speakers: Tim Carey (Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions), Silvia Villarreal (Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions), and Spencer Cantrell (Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions)


Liability Protection for Public Health Workers, Volunteers and Community Partners in an Emergency Response

Speaker: Robin Cruz (Virginia Department of Health)


Trends and Talking Points on Shifts in Public Health Authority

Speakers: Sabrina Alder (ChangeLab Solutions) and Donna Levin (Act for Public Health)

 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Plenary: Public Health after COVID-19: Leveraging Law and Policy to Address Systemic Issues
Speakers: E. Oscar Alleyne (The MITRE Corporation; moderator), Abigail Echo-Hawk (Urban Indian Health Institute), Andrew Imparato (Disability Rights California), Kathy Ko Chin (Jasper Inclusion Advisors)

Friday, August 19: Day 3


 9:00 - 10:00 am

 Plenary: Rebuilding Trust in Public Health: How can Law and Policy Practitioners Help?
Speakers: Cynthia Baur (University of Maryland), Keri Lubell (CDC; moderator), Jennifer Seo (Chicago Department of Public Health), and Umair Shah (Washington State Department of Health)



 10:15 - 1:15 pm


Join a facilitated discussion to process the weight of COVID-19 and ways to move forward as a public health practitioner. There will be space to participate in a small group and individually.



 1:15 - 2:40 pm



Legal Challenges and Pathways for Protecting K-12 Students from COVID-19

Speaker: Carrie Waggoner (Network for Public Health Law)

Considering Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions in Public Health Practice
Speaker: Maggie Davis (ASTHO)


Maternal Child Health Policy Considerations During Public Health Emergencies
Speaker: Maggie Davis (ASTHO)

Why Population Legal Needs Assessments are Essential to Medical-Legal Partnerships as a Tool for Public Health & Justice
Speaker: Danielle Pelfrey Duryea (Boston University School of Law)

Strategies in Public Health: A Pathway for Using Law as a Tool to Advance Health Equity
Speaker: Samantha Bent Webber (CDC)


Importance of Immunization Information Systems in Enabling a Robust Vaccination Ecosystem
Speakers: Alexandra Bhatti (Merck & Co). and Luke Cunniff (Merck & Co.)

Impact of State-Issued Vaccine Mandates on Rates of Vaccine Administration in 12 States and the District of Columbia, July 26 – December 31, 2021
Speaker: Mara Howard-Williams (CDC)

The 14th Amendment and Public Health Practice
Speaker: Cesar De La Vega (ChangeLab Solutions)


 3:00 - 4:00 pm



An Update to the Social Distancing Law Project: A Tool for Assessing Legal Preparedness for Emergencies

Speakers: Stacie Kershner (Network for Public Health Law) and Denise Chrysler (Network for Public Health Law)



Public Health Authority: Education and Resources for All Branches of Government
Speaker: Brooke Torton (Network for Public Health Law)


Best Practices for Coordinating with Tribal Public Health Jurisdictions
Speaker: Heather Erb (Heather Erb LLC)



 4:00 - 4:15 pm