The Public Health Workforce and Willingness to Respond to Emergencies: A 50-State Analysis of Potentially Influential Laws

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Abstract

Law plays a critical role in all stages of a public health emergency, providing an infrastructure for planning, response, and recovery efforts. A growing body of research has underscored the potential for certain types of state laws, such as those granting liability protections to responders, to influence the public health workforce's participation in emergency responses. It is therefore especially important to focus on particular state-level laws that may be associated with individuals' increased or decreased willingness to respond. We conducted a systematic identification and analysis of specific state emergency preparedness laws that may affect individuals' willingness to respond and offer recommendations for policymakers seeking to promote more effective responses to public health emergencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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