Pandemic Policymaking: Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19

As the nation continues to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new report features critical analyses and recommendations from 50 national experts convened to assess the U.S. policy response to the crisis to date. This new report offers policy recommendations on 35 wide-ranging topics, from pandemic preparedness and health care to conducting sound elections and adapting immigration policy. Designed to advise leaders at the federal, state, and 9 local levels, the report presents a timely examination of policy challenges and opportunities in light of the pandemic.

The report’s analysis and recommendations are rooted in empirical evidence and expert assessment. Each author discusses how the law has been used, misused, or under-used in the response to COVID-19. The report addresses not only legal doctrine, but also matters of implementation, including both strategies and resources for policymakers. As the impact of the pandemic and government responses continue to unfold, the report raises important questions about the efficacy of efforts to contain COVID-19 and to maintain human and civil rights, equity, and ethics ? while offering innovative and research-driven policy solutions.

This report is produced by Temple Center for Public Health Law Research, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law, Public Health Law Watch, Wayne State University Indiana University, The Network for Public Health Law , and ChangeLab Solutions.

This work is sponsored by the American Public Health Association and the de Beaumont Foundation.

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