10 Years of Public Health Law Research: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
The Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law celebrated its 10th anniversary with a symposium, Friday, September 13, 2019, in Philadelphia.
Prominent legal scholars and legal epidemiologists focused their presentations on four topics that have been the focus of the Center’s work — reproductive rights, the pharmaceutical industry, city-level health policy, and the social determinants of health. Speakers explorde the role of legal epidemiology in law reform, both for laws on the books and policies on the horizon.
Agenda and Materials
Greg Mandel, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Scott Burris, Professor and Director, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Center for Public Health Law Research
Session 1 – Working for Health at the City Level
Cities have been functioning as laboratories for democracy in health policy. The legal landscape presents a dramatic mosaic of innovation, preemption and uncertain impact. This panel knits together both specific topical examples and approaches to city-level advocacy to explore where we have been and where we are going.
- Scott Burris, JD, CPHLR and Temple Law (Moderator)
- Shelley Hearne, CityHealth.org
- Geoff Mwaungulu, JD, MPH, National Association of City and County Health Officials
- Jennifer Wood, PhD, Temple University College of Liberal Arts
- Alex Jones, National League of Cities
Session 2 – Reproductive Rights
Abortion care is an important part of women’s reproductive health, though it is often treated as a contraband service under the law. This panel assesses recent mappings of the country’s many legal restrictions on abortion, undertaken primarily by the Center’s Abortion Law Project, and discusses how such data can help legal researchers understand abortion law’s relationship to health outcomes.
- Lindsay Cloud, JD, Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (Moderator)
- Rachel Rebouche, JD, Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Patty Skuster, JD, MPP, Ipas, Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research Fellow
- David Cohen, JD, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
- Kelli Hall, PhD, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
SESSION MATERIALS: Recording (no slides used by panelists)
Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, Professor of Law and Health Research and Policy, Stanford University
Session 3 – Using Law to Address the Social Determinants of Health
Law is understood to structure social relations and institutions, and so is a mechanism that influences social determinants of health. It also is a means through which people are sorted to better or worse lives based on their social position. To what extent is law actually being studied and deployed to change social determinants? Where should it be going in the future?
- Evan Anderson, JD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Temple Law '07) (Moderator)
- Scott Burris, JD, Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research and the Beasley School of Law
- Katie Moran-McCabe, JD, Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research and the Beasley School of Law (Temple Law '08)
- Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, Syracuse University Maxell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
- Kelli Komro, PhD, MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- Wendy Parmet, JD, Northeastern University School of Law
Session 4 – The Continuing Struggle to Harmonize Drug Law with Public Health Evidence and Practice
Drug law, policing and public health has been a chronic problem in the United States – and an abiding research focus of CPHLR. In this panel, experts from research and practice talk about where we are and where we are – or ought to be – going.
- Heidi Grunwald, PhD, Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (Moderator)
- Nicolas Terry, LLM, Indiana University McKinney School of Law
- Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, Northeastern University School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences (Temple Law '08)
- Ronda Goldfein, Esq., AIDS Law Project of Philadelphia
- Evan Anderson, JD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Temple Law '07)
- Devin Reaves, MSW, CRS, Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition
Session 5 – Looking Forward and Charting the Course: The Next 10 Years of Legal Epidemiology (Group Discussion)
Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, Temple University College of Public Health (Moderator)
- The Week in Health Law podcast with Nicolas Terry, Episode 165, a preview of the Symposium
- The Week in Health Law podcast with Nicolas Terry, Episode 169, "Notes from a Birthday Party" discussion with Rachel Rebouche (Temple Law School), Evan Anderson (Penn Nursing), Jennifer Karas Montez (Syracuse University), and Wendy Parmet (Northeastern University School of Law)