This webinar is the first in the new webinar series titled “Advancing Injury Prevention through Policy” launched by the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) and the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL). A total of four webinars will be held from November 2012 through May 2013. Each session will feature one injury topic and when appropriate, will include an update on which states currently have laws or policies related to that topic, state experience in gaining passage and implementing the law, and the experience of evaluating the effectiveness of the law. Presenters will also discuss the challenges faced by state health department injury prevention staff including prohibitions on involvement in promoting enactment of policies, lack of research on effectiveness of injury prevention laws, lack of funds for implementation of legislation; and, how to work with the opposition.
“Bullying Prevention Legislation: Focus on LGBT Youth” was presented by Cristina Meneses, JD, MS, Senior Staff Attorney, The Network, Eastern Region, The University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law and Ellen Schmidt, Assistant Director, Children’s Safety Network, Education Development Center on November 15, 2012.
Cristina M. Meneses, J.D., M.S. is a senior staff attorney with the Public Health Law Network-Eastern Region. Cristina has worked in health care law and policy in various forms: through litigation, legislation, developing trainings for health care providers and providing technical assistance for legal advocates. Cristina joined the Public Health Law Network after working as a disability law attorney representing individuals with claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Cristina also spent two years at Georgia Legal Services Program, where she litigated on behalf of low-income Georgians in the areas of health, family, public benefits, employment and elder law.