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Becoming Better Messengers: Public Health Advantage

Public health leaders are called to develop more effective messages that appeal to a broader range of “moral foundations” and also to the new millennial generation who represent the future of the public health workforce. In this column, the authors turn the focus from the tools we can use to craft persuasive messages to the virtues that can make us worthy of being heeded.

Watch a short video describing the Becoming Better Messangers initiative.

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Public Health Implications of Housing Laws: Nuisance Evictions

For public health, concerns about nuisance property ordinances are important, both because of the general importance of stable housing to personal and family health and because of the particularly severe consequences of eviction. Although other laws may protect the housing rights of domestic violence survivors, the fact that the main housing laws so rarely protect victims of domestic violence is concerning, purely on the level of legal doctrine and public policy.

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Local Inclusionary Zoning Laws

Inclusionary zoning laws can serve as a mechanism to provide more housing opportunities by requiring or incentivizing developers to set aside a certain portion of new developments for affordable housing, and are designed to provide more affordable rental and/or owner-occupied housing for low to moderate-income individuals and families. Developers can sometimes meet the requirement by building affordable units off-site or pay into an affordable housing fund. Incentives for developers include expedited permitting, density bonuses, and zoning variances.

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State Landlord-Tenant Laws

This map identifies and displays key features of state-level landlord-tenant laws across all 50 states and the District of Columbia in effect August 1, 2017 through August 1, 2019.

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Youth Sports Concussion Laws Map

This map identifies and displays key features of laws that seek to prevent traumatic brain injuries (concussions) in youth sports. The map includes laws in effect from 50 states and the District of Columbia from January 2009 to July 2017.

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