Explainers

Public Health Emergency Authority: State Approaches and Impacts from COVID-19

December 17, 2020

Contact

Craig Wilson, JD, MPA
Director, Health Policy
501-526-2244
cwilson@achi.net

 

In March, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This explainer describes the circumstances under which officials in Arkansas and select states may declare a public health emergency, the process for declaring a public health emergency, and the scope of the public health authority.