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UNC: Matthews Honored with Lifetime Achievement in Public Health Law

Dr. Gene Matthews is a senior investigator with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. At the November 2019 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA), he was recognized by the APHA Law Section with a Lifetime Achievement in Public Health Law award.

As a senior investigator with NCIPH, Dr. Matthews conducts research and provides technical assistance to public health practitioners on a variety of legal topics. He also led a national public/private partnership initiative, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to develop common legal preparedness agendas regarding liability laws during emergencies.

Dr. Matthews currently serves as director of the Southeastern Regional Center of the Network for Public Health Law, which provides legal assistance on a variety of public health topics and enables practitioners, lawyers and policymakers to apply the law to pressing public health issues. In addition, he teaches a course on health law and ethics at the Gillings School.

From 1979 to 2004, Dr. Matthews worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serving for many years as the chief legal advisor in the Office of General Counsel.

Over the past decade, he has provided leadership for the founding and development of the modern public health law movement. He is widely published and is frequently called upon to lecture on cutting-edge legal issues such as emergency preparedness, federalism and future trends in public health leadership.

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