About Ross Silverman

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Law at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a member of the IU Centers on Health Policy and Bioethics. His research focuses on public health and medical law, policy, and ethics, and law's impact on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. He also serves as Associate Editor on Legal Epidemiology for Public Health Reports, the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service. His most recent Covid-19 publications include: "Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines Against SARS-CoV-2" in the New England Journal of Medicine (with MM Mello & SB Omer), and "Covid-19: control measures must be equitable and inclusive" in BMJ (with ZD Berger, NG Evans & AL Phelan)

A national COVID-19 surveillance system: Achieving containment

This report from the team of experts that published the earlier Road Map to Reopening report describes the core capabilities and processes states need to build to allow our response to be more granular than the current, broadly applied institutionalRead More
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Review: Health professionals warn of ‘explosion’ of coronavirus cases in minority communities

A new high profile article warns that COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities, advising that data collection and sharing, as well as the implementation of services to address the virus’ disparate impact, can be improved in many states.Read More
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Review: Officials urge LA County residents to skip grocery shopping, stay home this week

This article discusses the Los Angeles County public health director’s request to community members to stay home this week as the number of local cases surpass 6000. “If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the weekRead More
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Review: Some churches defiantly hold services despite coronavirus stay-at-home orders

This article discusses churches that held live Palm Sunday gatherings either in direct defiance of, or skirting, local stay at home orders. At one Los Angeles-area church, “congregants lined up 6 feet apart on Palm Sunday, waiting to take communion…..Read More
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Review: Indiana announces stay-at-home enforcement provisions; experts offer guidance on the ethics of mandatory and voluntary interventions

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-18 extending and clarifying the state stay-at-home order, including establishing an enforcement team for noncompliance. The Hastings Center has offered an expert-crafted guidance document for journalists, policymakers, and educators discussing the ethics ofRead More
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Review: ‘Panic prescribing’ untested coronavirus treatments: A danger to patients today and tomorrow

This analysis from experts on the ethics of pandemic drug and vaccine research raises significant concerns about promoting the use of unproven off-label uses drugs as part of COVID-19 response efforts. While acknowledging there is limited evidence for its effectiveness,Read More
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Review: Hammond (Indiana) police cite church for holding Sunday service in violation of state order – More community education may be needed

This article discusses how police cited a church in Northwest Indiana for violating the state stay-at-home order after more than 30 people attended Sunday morning services. The church attempted to claim that they were offering an “essential” service. Indiana’s stay-at-homeRead More
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Review: Thinking globally, acting locally — The U.S. response to COVID-19

This article offers a roadmap to improving coordination between the states and federal COVID-19 response. Under the U.S. Constitutional structure, public health governance largely occurs at the state and local, rather than the federal, level, resulting in a “patchwork responseRead More
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Review: Indiana Attorney General – local home rule limits must be followed when implementing local public health policies

In an Official Opinion, the Indiana Attorney General explains why local political subdivisions cannot restrict firearm sales during an emergency declaration. Following reports that local political authorities were deeming the dealers of firearms and ammunition nonessential during a pandemic, aRead More
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Review: Governmental public health powers during the COVID-19 pandemic – stay-at-home orders, business closures, and travel restrictions

This article discusses the scope of state and federal authority to implement key public health protection measures, and how likely actions are to survive court scrutiny. Every state has implemented Emergency Orders in response to the pandemic, with many ofRead More
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