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Am J Public Health. 2003 Mar;93(3):397-9.

The politics of emergency health powers and the isolation of public health.

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Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, NY 10022-1905, USA. jcolmers@milbank.org

Abstract

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act became a contentious document in more than 30 states in 2001 and 2002. Controversy has focused on recommendations by the authors of the Model Act that seemed to accord higher priority to collective action in emergencies than to protecting privacy and property. This situation has several causes that derive from the characteristics of public health emergencies during the past half century and the relative isolation of public health officials from both their colleagues in government and many members of the public.

PMID:
12604480
PMCID:
PMC1447751
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.93.3.397
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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