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Public Health Emergency Law: A Half-Day Course for Public Health Preparedness Personnel

  • John Olver Transit Center 12 Olive Street, 1st Floor, Greenfield, MA 01301 (map)

The Western MA Health & Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC) along with the  Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition (MAPHCO) Invite you to Attend 


Successful public health emergency response hinges on the understanding and effective use of relevant legal duties and authorities. Public health practitioners are more effective in response when they understand the legal underpinnings of emergency preparedness and response systems, what actions are authorized, and how to minimize liabilities in large-scale public health emergencies. 


This half-day course is a survey of selected legal issues that typically arise during emergencies such as emergency declarations and their implications, isolation and quarantine law, volunteer liability and credentialing. This competency-based training will help attendees to identify potential legal issues so that necessary adjustments to planning, policies, or procedures can be developed prior to a public health emergency, and ensure a more effective response. 


This event will be presented and facilitated by Gregory Sunshine, JD. Gregory is a Legal Analyst with Center for Disease Control's Public Health Law Program. Prior to coming to the CDC, Gregory coordinated bioterrorism preparedness and emergency response for the Baltimore City Health Department.

Full Course Description

A light lunch will be served.

Who should Attend?

While the course content is geared towards public health practitioners, the Massachusetts HMCC model encourages cross-disciplinary understanding and collaboration.  We actively welcome all health and medical preparedness and response stakeholders to attend!



Space is limited to 40 attendees.  Please let us know you plan to attend!


Note: This training has been approved by the MA DPH Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management and does not require additional OPEM approvals for PHEP planners or PHEP/HMCC staff.