Webinar: Ebola and Beyond: Legal Preparedness for Outbreaks


NGA is excited to announce the launch of a webinar series on Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies. This four-part series is hosted in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Bar Association and aims to provide a more in-depth look into the common legal challenges posed by public health emergencies. The webinars will feature subject-matter experts and spotlight states and localities’ responses to public health emergencies.

The third webinar will examine challenges public health professionals and responders are facing during the Ebola response, as well as current legal provisions and concepts and how to apply them to future infectious disease emergency response planning. In addition, as studies show vulnerable populations are the most significantly impacted when disasters strike, this webinar will highlight protection of vulnerable populations for the next communicable disease outbreak of public health concern.


Henry Walke, MD, MPH
Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Snigdha Acharya, JD
General Counsel
Illinois Department of Public Health


Don Benken, JD, MPH
Deputy Director and Senior Public Health Advisor
Public Health Law Program
Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention