Public Health Threats and the U.S. Constitution: What Responders Need To Know About Equity, Law, and Public Health Authority

This training explains what responders need to know about the law when preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. It provides an overview of laws that affect how government can respond to health crises in ways that advance rather than hinder health equity. The course introduces the constitutional principles and doctrines that protect individual civil liberties from government overreach. Examples from real-life scenarios include the imprisonment of a mother because she resisted treatment for her tuberculosis, as well as a court order that required parents to violate their religious and philosophical beliefs by having their children vaccinated during a 1991 measles outbreak. This course is one in the 7-part Public Health Law Academy training plan. Learn more about how to register and complete the required trainings in the plan to obtain a