There is nothing new about using law to promote healthier environments, products and behavior. For decades, public health law has been used as a tool to improve public health through the prevention of disease, injury and other harms.
This year’s theme for National Public Health Week 2013 is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” Public health law research provides the evidence to support legal interventions that work to improve public health. Providing policy-makers with knowledge about which laws are effective and which aren’t means we’re investing in what works, and weeding out what doesn’t — saving money and lives in the process.
Throughout the week of April 1-5, PHLR will be sharing recently published research. Each day we will share evidence based on the theme designated for that day.
Follow along via our social media channels — Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter — and through exclusive posts by PHLR staff and grantees to the Harvard Petrie-Flom Center’s Bill of Health blog.
Daily Themes and Activities
Check back during National Public Health Week, we will update this list with all the content we share each day.
Monday, April 1 -- Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family
- "Happy Public Health Week: We're Good Enough, We're Smart Enough, and Doggone it, People Like Us"@ the Bill of Health Blog
Tuesday, April 2 -- Providing a Safe Environment for Children at School
- "Anti-Bullying Legislation: Safer Schools Through Legal Intervention" by Marizen Ramirez, PhD, MPH @ the Bill of Health Blog
Wednesday, April 3 -- Creating a Healthy Workplace
- "Updating OSHA Inspection Policies" by Adam Finkel, ScD @ the Bill of Health Blog
Thursday, April 4 -- Protecting You While You’re on the Move
- Webinar: “Law as data: Coding legal text using PHLR's LawAtlas” at 1-2 p.m. (ET) (Register in advance here)
Friday, April 5 -- Empowering a Healthy Community
- Join us for a Twitter Chat at 1 p.m. ET to discuss how public health law research can contribute to empowering healthy communities. Join in and follow along with #PHLchat. Questions we’ll consider: What are some Critical Opportunities for public health law to produce healthier communities? How has public health law research contributed to better health in your community? What should be the next big focus of public health law and public health law research?