National Public Health Week: April 4-10, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Safety is NO Accident

It only takes a moment for an injury to happen – a fall on a stair, a moment’s glance away from the road, a biking or sports-related injury, a medication mix-up. But it also takes just a moment to protect against injuries and make communities safer. The potential for injury is all around us. Each year, nearly 150,000 people die from injuries, and almost 30 million people are injured seriously enough to go to the emergency room.

New Monograph: Police Interventions With Persons Affected By Mental Illnesses

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders constitute a global public health problem of enormous proportions. Developing and implementing cost-effective interventions to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and comorbid substance abuse disorders remains a challenge for multiple, interfacing service systems, from public health to social welfare to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

Article: Relationship between Quality of Care and Negligence Litigation in Nursing Homes

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Michelle Mello, J.D., Ph.D., PHLR Methods Core member, and colleagues recently published "Relationship between Quality of Care and Negligence Litigation in Nursing Homes" in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors analyzed information on tort claims brought against 1465 nursing homes between 1998 and 2006 to 10 indicators of nursing home quality drawn from two U.S. national data sets: the Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting system and the Minimum Data Set Quality Measure/Indicator Report.

Working Mothers, Breastfeeding, and the Law

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Workplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding. Research shows that supportive state laws correlate with higher rates, yet by 2009, only 23 states had adopted any laws to encourage breastfeeding in the workplace. Federal law provided virtually no protection to working mothers until the 2010 enactment of the "reasonable break time" provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

PHLR Researcher Jeffrey Swanson Offers Media Comment on Mental Health, Public Health, and Violence

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A member of the PHLR Methods Core, Jeffrey Swanson is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Swanson is a medical sociologist (Ph.D., Yale, 1985) with expertise in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health law and policy studies, and the author or co-author of more than 140 research publications on topics including violence and severe mental illness, the impact of involuntary outpatient commitment law, and psychiatric advance directives.

PHLR Awards Scholarships to Researchers

Monday, December 20, 2010

PHLR has awarded seven travel scholarships to public health law researchers and practitioners to attend the PHLR Annual Grantee Meeting in Tempe, Arizona. This meeting provides a forum for current PHLR grantees to share research progress and findings, discuss methodological concerns and innovations, and identify effective ways to disseminate research results to inform public health law practice and policy debates. The 2011 travel scholarship winners are:

Sara Abiola, J.D., doctoral candidate, PhD Program in Health Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences;

Thirteen New Studies Assess Legal Approaches to a Healthy Population

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Philadelphia, Nov. 24, 2010 –Thirteen new research projects on the public health impacts of laws and regulations on issues such as lead exposure, vaccinations, emergency preparedness, and the structure of state health agencies were funded today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Public Health Law Research (PHLR) program.