There has never been a more important time for those in the public health community to convene to address the many harms and issues exacerbated by the pandemic, and to continue to explore pathways to protect and empower our public health efforts. With the hope that conditions continue to improve around the country, we are cautiously planning to meet in person for the Public Health Law Conference, and have put in place safety protocols, including the requirement that all attendees be vaccinated. We’ve adjusted our registration cancellation policy to allow for a refund should the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide increase to concerning levels resulting in a transition to a fully virtual conference.

The 2021 Public Health Law Conference will examine law and policy pathways to:

  • Equitable COVID-19 Recovery
  • Improving child and adolescent health
  • Addressing environmental and climate challenges
  • Eliminating the social and structural barriers to health equity
  • Addressing critical issues like the ACA, opioids, mental health, gun violence and vaccinations
  • Strengthening the legal capacity of public health departments

Who should attend?

  • Public health officials and practitioners
  • State attorneys general and public health lawyers
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Advocacy and philanthropic organizations
  • Those working in sectors that impact health outcomes like housing, education and transportation

Keynote Speaker

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D. is Dean and Professor at the Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine. She advised top-tier healthcare institutions on leadership as a principal at Spencer Stuart and served as the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Public Health Practice and Associate Dean for Diversity at Harvard School of Public Health where she created the Division of Public Health Practice and secured over $14 million in grant funding for health programs.


 The 2021 Public Health Law Conference is organized by: