April 23, 2019
WEBINAR: Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
2:00pm-3:00pm EST
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting a webinar on the Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies in Indian Country.

Public health emergencies, including infectious disease and natural disasters, are issues that every community faces. To address these threats, it is critical for all jurisdictions to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness. Navigating public health and emergency response issues in Indian Country can be challenging, as jurisdictional issues often arise between federal, state, local, and Tribal governments due to the complex history surrounding delivery of public health services to Tribal communities.   Thus, legal preparedness, including coordination and collaboration across jurisdictions, is vital to effective emergency response in Indian Country. The Tribal Legal Preparedness Project (TLPP) at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) has been established to assist Tribal Nations interested in enhancing their legal preparedness capacity. Based on information collected during listening sessions and conversations with Tribal Nations and their key partners, the TLPP developed online training modules and a resource library with both general and Tribal-specific resources regarding legal preparedness. This webinar will cover the basics of public health legal emergency preparedness for Tribal Nations. Participants will learn about the importance of legal preparedness for Tribal Nations and how to use the law to enhance cross-jurisdictional collaboration. In addition, participants will view a demonstration of the TLPP website.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the complex nature of public health emergency preparedness in Indian Country and the importance of legal preparedness for Tribal Nations.
  • Describe how to use the law to enhance cross-jurisdictional collaboration between Tribal Nations and other jurisdictions. 
Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH

Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she teaches courses on health care compliance, health law and ethics, and health care fraud. Ms. Hershey is also the Associate Director of Law and Policy at the Center for Public Health Practice at Pitt Public Health. At Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, she is an Adjunct Instructor of Health Law, Compliance, and Ethics. Ms. Hershey is actively involved in state and national programs involving legal preparedness, as well as efforts to enhance Tribal legal preparedness for public health emergencies. She is a frequent national speaker on legal preparedness issues and has co-authored two public health emergency law manuals and bench books. Her research interests also include law and policy issues related to the delivery and quality of health care services, as well as health equity and the social determinants of health. Before coming to Pitt Public Health, Ms. Hershey was a health care attorney in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Her practice included counseling clients regarding contractual issues and federal and state fraud concerns, including anti-kickback, self-referral, false claims, and false billings issues; negotiating civil settlement and corporate integrity agreements; developing and evaluating corporate compliance programs; and conducting health regulatory due diligence. Ms. Hershey is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Biology and History.  At The George Washington University, she participated in a dual degree program where she earned her Juris Doctor (with honors) and a Master of Public Health in Health Policy. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars.

Please contact Courtney Wheeler, Public Health Project Coordinator, at c wheeler@nihb.org with any questions.

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