The law has been a critical factor in many public health efforts such as decreasing tobacco use and reducing drunken driving. For the Public's Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges, a new report from the IOM, recommends ways that federal, state, and local health agencies can use legal means to bolster public health policies. For more information on this report, visit the Institute of Medicine website.
Health Reform’s Impact on Comparative Effectiveness and Public Health Outcomes: Something Old Becomes New Again
• Eleanor D. Kinney, J.D., M.P.H., Professor and Co-Director, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law
• Priscilla Keith, J.D., M.S., Director of Research and Projects and Adjunct Professor, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law
• Daniel M. Fox, A.B., A.M, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Milbank Memorial Fund.
A comprehensive survey of state distracted driving provisions, conducted by PHLR's Jennifer Ibrahim, Evan Anderson, Scott Burris, and Alex Wagenaar, was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this month.
Background: State laws limiting the use of mobile communications devices (MCDs) by drivers are being enacted at an accelerating pace. Public health law research is needed to test various legislative models and guide future legal innovation.
Fracking – Is It Just a Dirty Word?
Environmental and Public Health Considerations of Hydrofracturing
• Josh Fox, filmmaker of documentary on fracking, “Gasland”
• Avner Vengosh, Ph.D., M.S., Professor, Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
• John Quigley, M.P.A., principal, John H Quigley LLC
Origin: The Health Care Blog
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, PHLR Methods Core member and professor at Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and John Petrila, J.D., LL. M., professor of mental health law and policy at the University of South Florida's latest post addresses the public health law challenge of mental illness.
Professor Scott Burris has received the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University for his work in establishing the field of public health law. Burris, whose research combines law and science, was a pioneer in developing the legal response to HIV/AIDS and has been instrumental in shaping public policy on a wide range of issues, from the use of criminal laws to control risky behavior to harm reduction measures for prostitutes and drug users. “The answers to these problems aren’t really legal. They turn on scientific evidence,” Burris said.
Professor Jennifer Ibrahim has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University for her unwavering commitment to improving her students’ experience at Temple.
“It’s my responsibility and privilege to give my students all that I can offer,” said Ibrahim. “Regardless of the specific content, I hope my students walk out of the classroom with a love for learning. That would make me feel like I’ve done a good job.”
Scott Burris, PHLR Director, has received the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University for his work in establishing the field of public health law. Jennifer Ibrahim, PHLR Associate Director, has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University for her unwavering commitment to improving her students’ experience at Temple.
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, PHLR Methods Core member and professor at Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, presented on “Violence, Mental Illness, and Gun Control” at a Seminar Series on Health Outcomes at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health sponsored by Pfizer.
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Dean JoAnne Epps and a delegation of faculty and administration from Temple Law traveled to China, where they participated in the celebration of Tsinghua University’s 100th anniversary. Tsinghua, one of China’s great universities, is a key partner in Temple’s Beijing and Rule of Law programs. President Hu Jintao, an alumnus of Tsinghua, delivered the keynote speech in the multi-day affair. Also in attendance were representatives from law schools around the world, including the Sorbonne, the University of Cape Town, and similar globally-oriented educational institutions. Dean JoAnne Epps