In an article, "Obama declares flu emergency to ease restrictions for hospitals," by reporters Michael D. Shear and Rob Stein, Hodge said the president's announcement is "much more than a formality.
"Broader powers of the federal government are now authorized to respond to the emerging outbreak," Hodge wrote in an e-mail. "In short, the stakes just got raised with this proclamation."
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Through scholarly and applied work, Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. Professor Hodge teaches Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, Public Health Law and Ethics, and Global Health Law and Policy. Hodge, the recipient of the 2006 Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy from the American Public Health Association, has drafted (with others) several public health law reform initiatives, including the Model State Public Health Information Privacy Act, the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, the Turning Point Model State Public Health Act, and the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act. He is a national expert on public health information privacy law and policy, having advised numerous federal, state, and local governments on these issues.