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April Moreno
Program Director
University of Houston Law Center
Health Law & Policy Institute
4604 Calhoun Road
Houston, TX 77204-6060
(713) 743-2101


Health Law & Policy Institute

Preparing for Public Health Emergencies

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Speakers include:

Umair Shah, M.D., M.P.H.,
Executive Director, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
and Harris County Local Health Authority

Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.,
Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine,
Baylor College of Medicine

Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, M.D.
Vice-Chair, Healthcare Quality and Professor, Infectious Diseases
UTHealth McGovern Medical School

Katharine Weber, J.D.
Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Seth J. Chandler, J.D.
Law Foundation Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

Vanessa K. Tilney, M.D.
Executive Director/Chief Physician, University of Houston Student Health Center

The University of Houston’s Health Law & Policy Institute will respond to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) through a Webinar featuring experts on the global health emergency recently declared by the World Health Organization. The Webinar is intended for the general public and media but should be of particular value to leaders in law enforcement, the judiciary, public health, businesses, and schools to learn more about legal, medical and public issues existing today and that will become more complex should this new coronavirus spread more significantly in the United States. Issues to be discussed include the most recent evidence concerning the epidemiology and biology of COVID-19, legal issues for employers and schools in the face of a growing threat, state and federal law relating to isolation and quarantine, and preparedness of local health officials to prevent and respond to a potential emergency. Also discussed will be resources for obtaining current and reliable data regarding COVID-19, including materials created by Johns Hopkins University on the international spread of COVID-19, and a “Benchbook” prepared by the Health Law & Policy Institute that provides very practical guidance and forms for those involved in public health law in Texas. The Webinar will be moderated and permit participants to submit questions for panelists via the Zoom application.