Georgia State Hosts Public Health Receptions

The American Public Health Association hosted their Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta this November.

Demonstrating panther spirit, Georgia State University welcomed the more than 12,000 attendees. Led by the School of Public Health, several colleges and departments across Georgia State University including the Center for Law, Health & Society at College of Law, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences hosted a booth in the exhibit hall to recruit law and graduate students, announce open faculty positions and share research.

College of Law graduates Thomas Griner (J.D. ‘96), a solo practitioner and public health doctoral student, and Rachel Hulkower (J.D. ’13), a contractor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented on a panel on legal interventions to reduce opioid overdoses. Patti Zettler, associate professor, presented on regulation of synthetic nicotine. 

The center co-sponsored a reception at the College of Law with the APHA Law Section, the Network for Public Health Law, and ChangeLab Solutions. At the reception, which included practicing attorneys, researchers and academics, Marice Ashe, founder and chief executive officer of ChangeLab Solutions, and Montrece Ransom, senior public health analyst with the CDC’s Public Health Law Program rolled out the new Public Health Law Academy, a free, online series of courses on the role of law in public health as well as current legal issues.

Also at this event, the APHA Law Section recognized Ransom with the 2017 Jennifer Robbins Award for Public Health Practice in recognition of her leadership in the field and dedication to workforce development. Ransom has been guest speaker at the law school on various occasions and has served as site supervisor and mentor for many Georgia State Law graduate fellows and student externs, several of whom were present to celebrate.

“We were honored to be able to host public health law colleagues from across the country,” said Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08), associate director of the center. “It has been over two decades since the conference was held in Atlanta, so we were happy to showcase our city, our university and the work of our faculty and graduates.”

Several other conference-related events and meetings were held at the College of Law and the Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America exhibit was held open extra hours to accommodate event attendees and other conference visitors.