Demonstrating the Value of Law and Policy to Health: The Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project
To demonstrate the impact and effect that laws and policies can have on health, the HP2020 Law and Health Policy Project was created. This project, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CDC Foundation, will produce 10-15 evidence-based reports that showcase how the use of legal and policy interventions/strategies are effective tools in meeting HP2020 measureable, science-based objectives. Each report will feature progress toward meeting the salient HP2020 objectives, include policy surveillance information, focus on state and local laws and policies, and highlight evidence-based laws or case studies with demonstrated health outcomes. This presentation will explain the process for developing the HP2020 Law and Health Policy project, share information from the first reports being produced on diverse health-related topics, and explain their anticipated value for those leaders aiming to use the best possible evidence related to laws and policies to improve health. These reports are geared at a broad audience including: health officials and associations, legal practitioners, researchers, non-profit organizations, policymakers, and individuals.
Learning Areas:Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Describe the HP2020 Law and Health Policy Project and how law and policy are tools in improving the health of the nation. Explain how evidence, including legal and policy surveillance information, can be resources to describe the impact and reach of laws, as well as how variations in policy can impact health. Provide practical information about the use of law and policy to address health factors related to HP2020 topic area objectives. Discuss legal and policy surveillance information to provide more evidence about the impact and reach of laws, as well as how variations in policy can impact health. Increase awareness (or understanding) of how law and policy are valuable and effective tools in improving health.
Keyword(s): Law, Evidence-Based Practice
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in public health focusing on law and policy issues for the last fifteen years. My interests have included research related to public health laws and policies, and determining how best to translate and disseminate them. This project combines these interests.
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.