Better Health Faster: The Five Essential Public Health Law Services

Public Health Reports, doi:10.1177/0033354916667496, p. 1-7, 2016

Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-50

16 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2016 Last revised: 6 Nov 2016

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Scott Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Marice Ashe

ChangeLab Solutions

Doug Blanke

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Jennifer Ibrahim

Temple University; Public Health Law Research National Program Office

Donna Levin

Network for Public Health Law

Gene Matthews

National Health Law Program - Network for Public Health Law–Southeastern Region

Matthew Penn

Government of the United States of America - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Martha Katz

Georgia Health Foundation

Date Written: October 13, 2016

Abstract

Successful public health campaigns like tobacco control demonstrate that effective legal interventions can be expeditiously developed, evaluated and diffused, even in the face of powerful opposition. Success for legal health interventions depends on a well-designed and nurtured legal infrastructure that assured the timely delivery of public health law services that are essential to successful policy innovation that improves health. We describe Five Essential Public Health Law Services and suggest investment in the people, methods and tools needed to move major policy initiatives from conception to widespread implementation. The model reflects a transdisciplinary approach integrating public health legal practice with law-related surveillance, evaluation and enforcement functions usually performed by public health practitioners. As an elaboration of law-related activities within the Ten Essential Public Health Services, the framework can be used to define, evaluate and strengthen public health law functions. The framework presented defines the components of a strategic investment that can turn evidence and expertise into better health, faster.

Keywords: Law, Evidence-Based Policy, Translation, Public Health Law Research, Metrics, Legal Epidemiology, Public Health Law Practice

Suggested Citation

Burris, Scott C. and Ashe, Marice and Blanke, Doug and Ibrahim, Jennifer K. and Levin, Donna and Matthews, Gene and Penn, Matthew and Katz, Martha, Better Health Faster: The Five Essential Public Health Law Services (October 13, 2016). Public Health Reports, doi:10.1177/0033354916667496, p. 1-7, 2016; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2856694

Scott C. Burris (Contact Author)

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

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Marice Ashe

ChangeLab Solutions ( email )

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Doug Blanke

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

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Jennifer K. Ibrahim

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Public Health Law Research National Program Office ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.publichealthlawresearch.org

Donna Levin

Network for Public Health Law ( email )

Saint Paul, MN
United States

Gene Matthews

National Health Law Program - Network for Public Health Law–Southeastern Region ( email )

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Suite G-7
Carrboro, NC 27510
United States

Matthew Penn

Government of the United States of America - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( email )

1600 Clifton Rd., NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
United States

Martha Katz

Georgia Health Foundation ( email )

3050 Peachtree Road NW # 270
Atlanta, GA 30305
United States

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