Podcast: CDC’s Law and Epidemic Emergency Preparedness (LEEP) Online Course

State, tribal, local, and territorial health department staff, emergency planners and managers, first responders, and anyone working in response to an epidemic often face complex legal issues when working to stop the spread of a highly infectious communicable disease.

In this episode of JPHMP Direct Talk, Gregory Sunshine and Brianne Yassine describe what public health professionals can expect to learn in a new online training course offered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

CDC’s free online Law and Epidemic Emergency Preparedness (LEEP) training covers provisions and concepts applicable to epidemic response, including various challenges faced during the 2014 Ebola response, and applies them to future infectious disease emergency response planning. LEEP examines legal underpinnings of emergency preparedness and response systems, what actions are authorized, and how to minimize legal barriers to an effective large-scale communicable disease response.

LEEP consists of eight units. Units 1, 2, and 3 provide participants with a foundation in legal issues surrounding law and epidemic emergency preparedness, and units 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 cover specific situations you may encounter during an epidemic.

Listen to the Podcast

Music (Gameshow Brazz) by John Bartmann from Pixabay
Read the podcast transcript here: Direct Talk Podcast _ LEEP

Take the Course Here

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Gregory Sunshine, JD

Gregory Sunshine, JD, serves as a Public Health Analyst with the CDC’s Public Health Law Program in the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. Gregory oversees research on topics including disaster and public health emergency declarations, isolation and quarantine, medical countermeasures, and the legal preparedness competencies. Since March of 2020, Gregory has led the Mitigation Policy Analysis Unit on CDC’s COVID-19, Community Intervention and Critical Populations Task Force. He has also published on topics such as gubernatorial emergency authorities, Ebola and the law, and tribal emergency declarations. In 2018, Gregory was named as a fellow for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security’s Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative. Gregory earned his JD with a certificate in Health Law from the University of Maryland School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College. Gregory is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland. Prior to coming to the CDC, Gregory coordinated bioterrorism preparedness and emergency response for the Baltimore City Health Department.

Brianne Yassine, PhD

Dr. Brianne Yassine is an education specialist with over a decade of experience in public health and workforce education. She developed LEEP while serving as an education specialist on the Training and Workforce Development Team in the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During her time with PHLP, Dr. Yassine directed the development of trainings at the intersection of public health and the law for a wide variety of audiences, provided technical assistance to health departments and partners, and conducted legal epidemiology research studies. She also evaluated multi-year legal epidemiology education institutionalization programs in state health and local departments and led PHLP’s competency model development program. Brianne received a doctorate in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia in, where her research focused on intersectional gender equity among women working in public health. She holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University in Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Community Health Education from Portland State University in Oregon.

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