Publication Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bullying can have profound and damaging effects on victims — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies bullying as a major public health concern. Since 1999, 49 states and the District of Columbia have passed some form of anti-bullying legislation to reduce bullying behaviors among youth. This webinar examines the anti-bullying laws in two states: Oregon and Iowa. These states’ laws are the focus of two Public Health Law Research studies investigating the extent to which school districts have adopted anti-bullying policies in response to these laws, and the impact these policies may have on reducing bullying in schools. This webinar will focus on policy development and adoption and implementation of the laws, and will include lessons learned from the field as well as recent research results.


  • Barbara Pizacani, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Research Scientist, Multnomah County Health Department
  • Penny Bisignano, M.S.Ed., Educational Program Consultant for Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Iowa Department of Education
  • Kari Greene, M.P.H., Senior Research Analyst, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority
  • Marizen Ramirez, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Injury Prevention Research Center, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, The University of Iowa
  • Aaron Ridings, Policy Research Consultant, Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition and Q Center