Resource Library

Public health emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks 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, as well as improve collaboration and coordination across jurisdictions. This Resource Library is designed to provide relevant resources to Tribal Nations seeking to enhance their legal preparedness capacity. While most resources have a Tribal focus, some resources are included that are generally applicable to legal preparedness for public health emergencies and natural disasters.

Webinars and Trainings

Advancing Tribal Public Health Through Law: Legal Technical Assistance and Resources for Tribes and Tribal-Serving Organizations

This website provides Tribal leaders, health practitioners, health program directors and staff, and other stakeholders with information about the role of law as a tool to address public health issues impacting Tribal communities. Network for Public Health Law (May 29, 2014)

Emergency Management Institute

Emergency management Institute is a series of courses designed for Tribal Governments in order to meet the unique emergency management needs of Tribes with regard to Tribal culture, tradition, sovereignty and governance. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Hazard Mitigation Planning Training

This training assists participants in undertaking the hazard mitigation plan development process. Federal Emergency Management Agency (October 31, 2013)

Highly Pathogenic Infectious Disease Exercise Planning for Regional Transport

This is a webinar and slide deck that addresses the management of patients with highly pathogenic infectious diseases which is based on the regional, tiered approach set forth by ASPR for Ebola. The transport of patients to and between facilities in a region is a critical component of that approach. HHS ASPR, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) (August 23, 2017)

Infectious Disease Reporting and American Indian and Alaska Native Populations: Law and Practice

This is a slide deck that offers a discussion on how law can impact infectious disease reporting, including a discussion on Tribal, federal, and state law. Co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program and the American Bar Association (March 28, 2016)

National Training and Education Division

The National Training and Education Division serves the nation's first responder community, offering more than 150 courses to help build critical skills that responders need to function effectively in mass consequence events. Federal Emergency Management Agency

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council: Building Systems Through Partnerships

This webinar describes emergency management programs and activities in Tribal nations in Washington, discusses Tribal sovereignty and the importance of partnering with Tribal nations in the realms of emergency management and public health, and lists ways to become involved with the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council. Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (May 20, 2008)

Public Health Emergency Law Training Curricula

This is a training program to strengthen the capacity of professionals involved in planning for and responding to public health emergencies, by enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the legal authorities essential for effective management in public health emergencies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Law Program

Tribal Emergency Management Issues in Alaska

This webinar discusses Tribal emergency management issues in Alaska. US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (November 29, 2012)

Tribal Emergency Preparedness Law and Practice

This webinar discusses how law can impact Tribal emergency preparedness practice, including a discussion on the legal mechanisms for emergency declarations. Network for Public Health Law (September 24, 2015)

Tribal Public Health Data and Surveillance: The Role of Law

This webinar provides an overview of legal considerations related to health data, background on American Indian and Alaska Native public health data and surveillance issues, and discuss the role of law in the access to this data. Network for Public Health Law (November 5, 2015)


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