The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Boston, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) jointly sponsored the second annual national conference, "The Public's Health and the Law in the 21st Century," held June 16–18, 2003 in Atlanta.
- More than 500 individuals attended the conference, including state and local public health officials, public health attorneys, elected officials, law enforcement officials, judges, health care providers and academics. The conference had four goals:
Conference sessions focused on how the law and public health intersect on such topics as emergency preparedness, law enforcement, SARS and nutrition and physical activity.
- To understand the role law plays in protecting the public's health.
- To explore new perspectives on the intersection of public health and law.
- To apply science-based information about law to public health policymaking and practice.
- To form partnerships to shape and use legal tools to improve public health.
- During the conference, attendees officially launched the Public Health Law Association as a new nonprofit organization to strengthen the practice of public health attorneys.
More than 100 conference attendees signed up as charter members of this new association. As reported in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the mission of the Public Health Law Association is to promote healthy people in healthy communities through dialogue, partnerships, education and research in public health. Additional information is available online.
- The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics published the conference proceedings in a special supplement (Fall 2003) and distributed more than 4,000 copies. See the Bibliography for details.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $10,000 in grant support from July through September 2003.
Other funders included:
- The CDC ($271,000).
- The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ($45,000).
- The Healthcare Georgia Foundation ($10,000).
RWJF had previously provided $91,025 in grant support for the first conference held in June 2002 (see Program Results on ID# 044018).