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Topic(s): Cross-Cutting - Policy, Systems thinking
Format: online
CEU Credits: 1 Hours

This webinar is designed to help participants understand core concepts of public health law so that they can more effectively protect the public from intentional and unintentional injury – and avoid legal trouble. Speakers will provide fundamental principles of law and the legal system as they frame the practice of injury prevention in the United States. Additionally, the speakers will discuss potential legal and liability issues in injury prevention programming, and ways to effectively work with legal counsel.


By participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Characterize CDC’s Public Health Law Program and describe the services offered;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key definitions and concepts framing the relationship between U.S. law and public health practice;
  • Describe the sources of law necessary for public health practice;
  • Describe how law can be used as a tool to advance injury prevention goals on the state and local levels; and
  • Identify circumstances that require accessing the services of legal counsel.


Featured speakers:

  • Matthew Penn, JD, Director, CDC/OSTLTS, Public Health Law Program
  • Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH, Senior Public Health Analyst, CDC/OSTLTS, Public Health Law Program
  • Susan Hardman, Public Health Analyst, CDC/NCIPC, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention


The webinar is moderated by Chris Jones, PhD, Health Scientist at CDC/NCIPC.


Continuing education credits are offered for this training for Safe States members. These include credits for individuals who are Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified in Public Health (CPH)

Time/Length: 1 Hours
Additional Registration Required: no
Core Competencies: Injury & Violence Prevention:
1. Ability to DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN injury and/or violence as a major social and health problem
6. Ability to DISSEMINATE INFORMATION related to injury and/or violence prevention to the community, other professionals, key policy makers and leaders through diverse communication networks
7. Ability to STIMULATE CHANGE related to injury and/or violence prevention through policy, enforcement, advocacy and education

Public Health:
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

CHES Areas of Responsibility: Area I: Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
Area VII: Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession
CPH Core Areas: Environmental Health Sciences
Health Policy and Management
CPH Cross-Cutting Areas Professionalism
Systems Thinking