A new study shows that New Jersey's law requiring novice drivers to display a red decal on their license plates has prevented more than 1,600 crashes and helped police officers enforce regulations unique to new drivers. The first-in-the-nation decal provision went into effect in May 2010 as part of N.J.'s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law.
PHLR has launched its newest tool for providing access to public health law research: LawAtlas.org.
LawAtlas.org is an online portal that allows visitors to explore variation in laws across U.S. states and over time. This site currently provides access to data that maps laws relating to specific current public health issues like distracted driving, syringe exchange, overdose prevention and sports concussions, with many more to come in the near future.
A New Jersey law requiring individuals with HIV to disclose their HIV-positive status to their sexual partners does not appear to be an effective HIV prevention intervention, according to a study published online on September 20 in the American Journal of Public Health.
James Macinko, PhD, and Diana Silver, PhD, MPH, of New York University have published their article,"Improving State Health Policy Assessment: An Agenda for Measurement and Analysis," in the American Journal of Public Health.
PHLR, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released its fourth call for proposals on studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies on public health.
The new call for proposals is available online: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=21388
The deadline for submitting brief proposals is April 4, 2012 (3 p.m. EST).
The public health effects of laws on issues such as food safety, the health impacts of local power plants, youth concussions, and monitoring prescription drug use and access will be investigated through 15 new research projects funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Public Health Law Research (PHLR) program.
The grants announced today total more than $2 million. They include short-term studies of specific laws or regulations, long-term evaluations and time-sensitive studies, and legal datasets.
Public Health Law Research and Temple University Beasley School of Law are co-sponsoring LEPH 2012: The First International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health to be held in Melbourne, Australia, November 11-13, 2012.
Dr. Carla Campbell, a Year 1 PHLR grantee and an associate teaching professor in the School of Public Health at Drexel University, was quoted in a WHYY-FM/Newsworks.org story on September 23, about her research into the effectiveness of the specialized court in Philadelphia for managing lead-paint removal. Read the article here.
The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law invites submissions of papers for a special issue on public health law research (PHLR) planned for early 2013. The journal will accept five to seven papers to run in this issue after undergoing peer review.
Papers must address a topic in public health law—defined as the relation of law and legal practices to population health—and fit one or more of the following descriptions: