• About Us

    At the Public Health Law Center, we believe everyone deserves to be healthy. We are law and policy experts who work with advocates and professionals around the country to protect health through policy change. Our skilled team of attorneys and policy analysts help local, state, national and Tribal partners develop, defend, and advance evidence-based laws and policies that reduce health disparities and improve public health. 

    We provide legal technical assistance, which is a mix of services that include legal research and analysis, educational resource development, policy drafting assistance, litigation support, and training. Our funding does not allow us to lobby elected officials.  We have a national reputation for timely and informed legal acumen, quality research, collaboration, accessibility, and a passionate commitment to health equity.  

    We work with like-minded partners and funders to further this mission. Over the past 24 years, our nonprofit has worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Black Health and Equity, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Climate Imperative, Energy Foundation, many state and local governments, Tribes and Tribal organizations, academic institutions, and research organizations.

    Focus areas: 

    • Reducing and eliminating commercial tobacco use 

    • Promoting healthy food and healthy food access 

    • Pursuing climate justice through environmentally healthy buildings and clean indoor air 

    • Maximizing opportunities for physical activity and better mobility for all 

    • Supporting Tribes and Tribal organizations in their public health initiatives 

    • Strengthening public health authority

    Health equity: 

    The Public Health Law Center is committed to co-creating healthier, more equitable communities with our partners and allies. Laws and policies have contributed to significant disparities by failing to protect, and often actively harming, groups who are socially and economically marginalized. As professionals working with law and policy, we strive to center equity across our work in support of policy change that leads towards a more just and equitable world.

    Board: 

    The Public Health Law Center is a sole-member nonprofit located at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Its Board consists of the Dean and CFO of the law school, and the executive director of the Center. The organization is self-funded.

    Impact: