Legal Mapping

Mapping Variations in Local Marijuana Laws in Washington State to Study the Impact on Health Outcomes and Disparities

Washington State is among the first to legalize recreational marijuana. Local ordinances already exist to regulate medical marijuana, but a strong state medical regulatory framework does not exist. It is unclear how variations in local laws will impact marijuana access, use, initiation, and related outcomes such as injury and crime, particularly among youth.

Mapping State and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Laws and Regulations to Increase Knowledge and Improving Worker-Protective Standards

The study will collect data on state and federal regulations concerned with protecting workers from specific chemical, physical, biological, mechanical, or psychosocial hazards and will be compiled from publicly available federal and state regulatory sources.

What is the Impact of Local Health Department Structure and Policy on Public Health?

This study examines the policies and structures of local and state health departments, and how they impact public health. The study will focus on the structural arrangements of the local boards of health (such as whether the boards of health are elected or appointed) and the level of state health department centralization, and how they affect performance, fiscal health, innovation, collaboration, and strategic planning.

How Does Antibiotic Regulation Affect Public Health?

This project includes a mapping study analyzing the state of the law and the application of the law surrounding antimicrobial resistance; and a mechanism study to assess the empirical effect of current regulation on antibiotic resistance, including calculation of the effective patent life of antibiotics and empirically testing the patent holder waste hypothesis.

Barriers to Reason: Laws Impacting HIV Prevention Efforts among Injecting Drug Users in the United States

The project aims to identify the impact of laws and regulations in the United States that allow and/or restrict harm reduction interventions, including syringe exchange programs (SEPs) and naloxone delivery on public health outcomes among injecting drug users (IDUs).

How Does the Legal Authority for Infectious Disease Surveillance Affect States' Ability to Respond to Emerging Threats

This study assess whether state reporting laws for novel H1N1 influenza and emerging infections impact the ability of public health to collect data elements on individual cases; whether state reporting laws for novel H1N1 influenza and emerging infections impact the ability of public health to develop recommendations for disease prevention, control, and treatment, and the effect of “home rule” in a state’s infectious disease reporting structure on the state’s ability to develop such recommendations.


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