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Public Health Law Research Program Funds Nine New Studies

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The public health effects of laws on issues such as e-cigarettes, fracking, concussions in youth sports and school vaccination requirements will be investigated through nine new research projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Law Research (PHLR) program.

The grants announced today total nearly $1.2 million and will support short-term and time-sensitive studies on specific laws or regulations and the development of legal datasets. See the summaries below for more details on the latest round of research projects funded by PHLR.

Public Health Law Research Program Director Wins APHA Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Health Law

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scott Burris, JD has been named the first recipient of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Law Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Health Law. Burris and his accomplishments will be recognized at the annual Law Section reception on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the APHA Annual Meeting being held in New Orleans.

PHLR at APHA 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Program office staff and grantees will join the attendees at the 2014 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, November 15-19. Look for us at these events and at our booth:

Study shows New York City stop and frisk experiences associated with symptoms of trauma and stress among young men

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A new study released on October 16 in the American Journal of Public Health finds that young men in New York City who report they’ve been stopped and questioned by police are also reporting higher levels of trauma and stress associated with those experiences, particularly when they report that the encounters were intrusive. The study finds that men who experienced the most intrusive encounters — those interactions that were aggressive, deemed unfair, or involved racially-charged language — also experienced the most significant symptoms, but the researchers also report stress, trauma and anxiety in men who had experienced even minimal interactions with the police. The study also finds disparities across race: black respondents experienced trauma symptoms at a higher frequency than other races.

New interactive map charts minimum wage rates from 1980 to present

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A new map by the Public Health Law Research Program charts the changes in the federal and state minimum wage laws dating back to 1980.

Since establishing a standard minimum wage rate for qualified employees in 1938, the federal minimum wage has been increased 22 times – from 25 cents per hour to the current rate of $7.25, which was established in July 2009. The current rate equates to roughly $15,000 per year for a 40-hour work week.

Hot Topics in Public Health Law: Food Marketing, Antibiotic Regulation, and Policy Surveillance

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In October, the 2014 Public Health Law Conference will gather experts from across the country to examine and discuss some of today’s most pressing issues. Sessions at the conference will cover a wide range of critical, emerging topics in public health law. Three of those -- food marketing and childhood obesity, regulation of antibiotics, and policy surveillance -- will be examined in this July 15 webinar.

Drugged Drivers Are Now More Likely to Test Positive for Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, and Multiple Drugs

Monday, June 23, 2014

Since 1993, the profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially. A study released today in Public Health Reports shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs.

The study examines trends in the characteristics of U.S. drivers who have been involved in fatal crashes between 1993 and 2010 and test positive for drugs and finds that the percentage of drugged drivers with three or more drugs in their system nearly doubled from 1993 to 2010, increasing from 11.5 percent to 21.5 percent.

Webinar: Expanding Medical Marijuana Laws: Current Policies and Implications for Public Health

Monday, May 5, 2014

Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C., have legalized medical marijuana and eight other states are considering legislation in 2014. As medical marijuana laws expand, state governments and health departments have the daunting task of developing and implementing rules and regulations. This webinar provides an overview of the current public health and legal landscape of medical marijuana; examines patient registries, product testing, adolescent use, drugged driving and other health and policy concerns; and explores the evaluation of current laws and possible evidence-based strategies to protect public health.

Experts Offer Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco for Regulating Marijuana

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In a policy environment where there are currently no modern examples of marijuana regulation, policy-makers can rely on lessons learned from alcohol and tobacco regulation, according to a paper published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

The authors of the paper, who are noted alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana researchers, recommend that if states decide to experiment with marijuana policy, they should prevent retail price drops, limit marketing, and work hard to measure and prevent impaired driving. They also note the importance of adopting a state monopoly, restricting and monitoring licenses for use and distribution, restricting public consumption, and limiting the types of products sold.

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