Publication Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Public Health Law Research program, working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), ChangeLab Solutions, The Network for Public Health Law, the Public Health Law Center, and many expert volunteers, has undertaken a series of research and consultation projects intended to advance the understanding and practice of legal epidemiology at CDC and state, local and tribal health agencies, with special focus on policy surveillance. The results from these projects are uploaded here, and will be updated as new publications are available.

  • Download the year-end report, which summarizes the research and results undertaken in the first year of the project (2014). It includes a scan of legal recommendations in federal guidance documents, a scan of existing 50 state survey and policy surveillance resources, critieria for selecting policies for surveillance, and technical standards for policy surveillance and legal datasets gathered from a Delphi process.
  • Access the Technical Guide for Policy Surveillance on
  • Read a report that explores the relationship between major health law recommendations from the federal government and the actual output of state legislative policymakers.
  • Read the article published in the Spring 2015 Special Edition of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics detailing the results from the Delphi study: Creating Legal Data for Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation: Delphi Standards for Policy Surveillance
  • View and downlad the slides from the May 6, 2015 webinar: Policy Surveillance and Public Health featuring David Presley, JD, Matthew Penn, JD, MLIS, Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, and Donna Levin, JD (Moderator).