206469 Examining impact over time: The evaluation of Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jennifer D. Keith, MPH , Research & Evaluation, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Deborah P. Brown , Community Outreach and Advocacy, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, Camp Hill, PA
Joy Blankley Meyer , PACT, American Lung Association of PA, Camp Hill, PA
Kristin O. Minot, MS , Research & Evaluation, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Massimini, MS , Research & Evaluation, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Judy Ochs , Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, PA
It is essential to evaluate clean indoor air laws. The comprehensive evaluation plan for Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) (effective September 2008), organized by the Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, includes short-term and intermediate studies to assess how implementation is ensuing; and long-term studies to assess the effects the law has had on the public's health and local economy. Pennsylvania's plan is guided by recognized evaluation standards and informed by previous clean indoor air evaluations performed by other states and their cities/counties. Five studies will be used to assess key short and intermediate measures needed to understand Pennsylvania's CIAA: an indoor air quality study; a compliance study; a public opinion survey; a cessation assessment; and implementation feedback. The ability to discuss and use results of these CIAA studies will help to demonstrate effectiveness of Pennsylvania's CIAA, inform next steps, engage stakeholders, and identify gaps within the law, implementation plan or enforcement plan. The results of these short and intermediate studies will also inform the planning of longer-term health and economic studies. Understanding shorter-term outcomes of CIAA will help to frame and contextualize the results and conclusions of health and economic analyses. In conclusion, conducting short-term and intermediate studies as part of a clean indoor air evaluation gives stakeholders important information on law implementation and effectiveness. These studies will inform educational efforts and critical longer-term examinations of health and economic impacts.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the evaluation of Pennsylvania’s Clean Indoor Air Act. 2. Discuss the benefits of using clean indoor air measures established by other states. 3. Demonstrate the relationship between short and long-term studies of smoke-free policies.

Keywords: Public Health, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work on the evaluation of Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Law.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.