Two Maryland Carey Law programs, the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy and the Network for Public Health Law, Eastern Region, have together secured more than $1 million in grants for Fiscal Year 2016.
“These programs are doing great work and directly help the people of Maryland and beyond,” said Dean Donald B. Tobin. “This funding will allow us to continue providing current services to the community, as well as add new ones.”
Maryland Carey Law is the Eastern Region headquarters for the Network for Public Health Law, an organization funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to provide legal assistance, resources, and opportunities to build connections for local, tribal, state, and federal public health officials. The Eastern Region receives $500,000 annually from RWJF and employs several Maryland Carey Law alumni.
A $75,000 grant awarded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will allow the Network to work in partnership with Change Lab Solutions and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations to develop a case study of a state that modified the scopes of practice of different types of health care providers, and a toolkit to assist states that want to expand the use of collaborative practice agreements between physicians and pharmacists. A second grant from the CDC for $170,000 will assist the Network and its partner, Change Lab Solutions, with research into development and implementation of youth sports concussion laws, particularly state return-to-play laws.
The Network also has an arrangement with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, housed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Medicine, through which the Center supports 50 percent of the salary and expenses of a Fellow position, a Maryland Carey graduate. The Fellow is helping the Center understand the legal framework within which gambling policy may be developed in a manner that protects public health.
The Legal Resource Center will continue with its Tobacco Core grant that started in 2001 to provide pro bono legal technical assistance in Maryland on a range of public health issues, including tobacco and electronic smoking device regulation, injury prevention, and the reduction of hypertension and obesity. The $250,000 grant for the current fiscal year comes from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).
The Center received special funding this year in response to Maryland’s failure to meet federal requirements on the sale of tobacco to minors. This work will be funded by the Center’s $150,000 Synar Amendment grant from DHMH.
Lastly, the Center will receive $30,000 from DHMH under the CDC’s Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program; DHMH receives funds from CDC and the Center is a sub-grantee, providing, since 2011, technical legal assistance and policy support to DHMH and injury prevention specialists across the state.