The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging public health in unprecedented ways, and is exposing structural failures and health inequities that further exasperate the impact of the virus. As the nation continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, the Network has joined with public health law partners to produce an expansive report, Pandemic Policymaking: Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19, that includes critical analyses and recommendations from national experts convened to assess the U.S. policy response to the crisis to date. Many of these experts will present their key findings at this virtual Summit, and propose paths forward to more effective and equitable response and recovery efforts.


20 concurrent sessions over two days covering critical issues, including:

  • Health Equity for Marginalized Communities
  • Drug and Vaccine Development and Access
  • Federal, State and Local Emergency Measures
  • State Preemption
  • Mental Health
  • Protecting and Managing the Health Workforce
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing
  • Voter Safety and Participation
  • Education and Broadband Access
  • Telehealth
  • Harm Reduction and Substance Use Disorder
  • Executive Decision-making


 The 2020 Public Health Law Virtual Summit is organized by: