Scope of Practice Toolkit

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Overview of ASTHO Scope of Practice Toolkit

The Scope of Practice Toolkit addresses key concepts regarding modifying the scope of practice of various healthcare and other practitioners in public health emergency response activities. The toolkit component documents are designed to assist in education, training, and planning activities to prepare for emergencies, as well as to serve as a quick reference resource during an emergency response to an event. The Scope of Practice Toolkit is one of six toolkits in ASTHO’s Legal Preparedness Series. Please see the Introduction document for additional background on the project and the other toolkits. 

Intended Audiences

These documents are specifically designed to address the different needs of discrete audiences within a state health agency:

  • State health officers, agency directors, or other senior governmental officials may find the executive overviews and fact sheets of particular interest.
  • Preparedness directors and other programmatic staff will find the fact sheets, issue briefs, state analysis guides, and resource materials useful in understanding and gaining more in-depth knowledge about particular concepts and legal issues.
  • Legal counsel will find the fact sheets about particular federal laws and regulations, issue briefs, state analysis guides, and citations within the resource materials a good basis from which to conduct additional research and analyze their particular state’s authorities on these issues.
  • The current issue updates are a good resource for all audiences to learn the latest developments on issues related to the toolkit topic.

Scope of Practice Toolkit Contents

All documents are listed alphabetically within each document category  

Executive Overviews
One-page snapshots of key concepts and issues

Fact Sheets
Short documents addressing fundamental issues or legal authorities

Issue Briefs
In-depth information and analyses of fundamental issues

  • No issue briefs in the toolkit currently

State Analysis Guides
Aids to assist states in identifying and analyzing their own statutes, regulations, and policies

Current Issues and Updates
Periodic updates on new and evolving issues

  • No updates in the toolkit currently

Resource Materials
Bibliographies and links to key agencies, organizations, laws, and other documents


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