246772 Public Health Law Research: State of the Initiative after Two Years

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:36 AM

Scott Burris, JD, LLD , Beasley School of Law, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The National Program Office for Public Health Law Research was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation starting in 2009 to advance the field of public health law research. After two years, the program has funded more than 30 research proposals and commissioned several white papers to examine the many dimensions of how law impacts population health in areas including legal infrastructure, violence, mental health, environmental health issues, land use, emergency preparedness, reproductive health, vaccinations and pharmaceuticals. The findings from these studies are being used to create an evidence base to revise existing and develop new, more effective policies to improve population health. At the core of public health law research is rigorous research methods ranging from systematic data collection, innovative study design and sound data analysis by interdisciplinary teams that can bring multiple perspectives to the final interpretation of study findings. The purpose of this session is to review the current state of public health law research, describe future challenges for the field, and to present some of the methodological innovation that the program is advancing to better facilitate research at the intersection of public health and law.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the field of public health law research. Identify areas for more empirical research in public health law. Discuss challenges that exist in advancing rigorous methodologies in public health law research.

Keywords: Methodology, Law

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Scott Burris is the Director of the Public Health Law Research Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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.

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