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Defending Public Health Regulations: The Message is the Medium


Peter D. Jacobson


University of Michigan School of Public Health

Wendy E. Parmet


Northeastern University - School of Law

January 1, 2014

Hastings Center Report, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 4-6, 2014
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 172-2014

Abstract:     
In this comment on Lawrence Gostin’s article, "Bloomberg’s Health Legacy: Urban Innovator or Meddling Nanny?," Hastings Center Report (September/Oct. 2013), at 19, we argue that while conceptually sound, Gostin’s response to the paternalism charge that has been leveled at Mayor Bloomberg’s public health agenda is insufficient. Clearly, public health is losing the battle for public support. To change that, public health advocates need to reassess their ready reliance on broad, public health powers, the use of which may tempt them to adopt policies without first garnering the necessary public support. Instead of asserting their authority, public health officials should focus on engaging the public in the “deliberative democratic process” of determining ways to address public health problems. This may require not only a new messaging strategy, but an enhanced willingness to listen and respond to the legitimate concerns of affected communities; renewed attention to the effective implementation of public health interventions; and adopting a tone that is respectful of the populations to be served.

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Date posted: January 24, 2014 ; Last revised: January 28, 2014

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Jacobson, Peter D. and Parmet, Wendy E., Defending Public Health Regulations: The Message is the Medium (January 1, 2014). Hastings Center Report, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 4-6, 2014; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 172-2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2383934

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Peter D. Jacobson (Contact Author)
University of Michigan School of Public Health ( email )
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
United States
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Wendy E. Parmet
Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )
400 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States
(617) 373-2019 (Phone)
(617) 373-5056 (Fax)
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