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Law in Public Health Practice$
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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Considerations for Special Populations

Considerations for Special Populations

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(p.284) Chapter 12 CONSIDERATIONS FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
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Law in Public Health Practice
Author(s):

T. Howard Stone

Heather H. Horton

Robert M. Pestronk

Montrece M. Ransom

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.003.0012

This chapter focuses on laws that pertain to special populations and their public health needs. It is divided into sections, each focused on a special population. “Special populations” refer to persons with mental disabilities; persons involved with the criminal justice system; homeless persons; children, including children who may be disproportionately affected by disparities in public health-related intervention; and undocumented immigrants. The chapter is divided into sections, each beginning with a case study of a member of a special population and his or her public health needs. Analysis of the pertinent legal issues follows each case study. Each section closes with practice pointers that incorporate the pertinent legal issues in the context of the case study.

Keywords:   public health practice, special population, public health law, mental disabilities, criminal justice system, imigrants

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