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Unveiling the Principles of Law During Public Health Emergencies

Date:Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Heather Horton, JD, MHA
Senior Attorney
HHS Office of the General Counsel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of the recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and pandemic influenza. In addition to identifying critical infrastructure and key resources to incorporate in an emergency response plan, it is important to understand the balance between the rights of individuals, legalities for treating patients, and the needs of the community. Please join us for this COCA Call where a CDC subject matter expert will describe state and federal governments' role in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.


At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:

  • Discuss the state and federal governments' role in responding to a public health emergency
  • Discuss the underlying legal authorities that permit the government to take specific actions during a public health emergency
  • Describe CDC's legal response to specific public health emergencies, including H1N1.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

Call Format

  • Live audio conference call on 4/23/13: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Audio-on-demand training after 3:00 PM on 4/23/13
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set

Additional Call Information

Continuing Education

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Health Educators
  • Other Clinicians


Additional Information

  • Contact
  • Support/Funding:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Risk Communications Branch
  • Method of Participation:You may participate in the educational activity by viewing the program information above.
  • Fees:COCA continuing education credits are free.