Government Purchasing to Improve Public Health: Theory Practice and Evidence

Public Health Law Research, March 13, 2013

42 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2013 Last revised: 22 Apr 2013

See all articles by Kathleen G. Noonan

Kathleen G. Noonan

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ; University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

Katherine Sell

Independent

Dorothy Miller

PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania - Public Health Program

David Rubin

Independent

Date Written: April 17, 2013

Abstract

Increasing concern about obesity and other nutrition-related health problems spurred governments to develop more robust and targeted approaches to foster healthier diet at a population level (Fulponi, 2009; Kersh & Morone, 2002). Government routinely uses its regulatory power to alter activities and behaviors that influence public health, for example the New York City ban on the use of transfats in restaurants (Unnevehr & Jagmanaite, 2008). Yet, in some scenarios, government may more effectively promote positive change through other means, including its purchasing or procurement authority. Emerging efforts using government purchasing power to stimulate demand for healthier products provides a pathway to healthier food purchasing. In this paper, we describe a causal diagram that outlines this process from the initial stage of developing a healthier solicitation to final stage of achieving outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Noonan, Kathleen G. and Sell, Katherine and Miller, Dorothy and Rubin, David, Government Purchasing to Improve Public Health: Theory Practice and Evidence (April 17, 2013). Public Health Law Research, March 13, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2240547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2240547

Kathleen G. Noonan (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ( email )

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University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine ( email )

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Katherine Sell

Independent ( email )

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Dorothy Miller

PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ( email )

34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
United States

University of Pennsylvania - Public Health Program ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

David Rubin

Independent ( email )

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