Maps Outlining State Laws on Seat Belts for Children and Dental Hygienist Scope of Practice Now Available

Thursday, August 15, 2013

New maps outlining state laws in two public health topics were published today on, the Public Health Law Research (PHLR) website dedicated to legal and policy surveillance. The two new state law maps on child restraint laws (i.e., seat belts) and scope of practice laws for dental hygienists add to an already existing library of state law maps on important public health issues, such as distracted driving, youth concussions, and sterile syringe access for drug users.

Study Finds Hospital Mandates Are More Effective at Compelling Health Care Workers to Receive Flu Vaccines

Thursday, July 18, 2013

For more than 30 years, the CDC has recommended that health care workers receive flu vaccines to prevent the spread of the illness. Despite this recommendation, less than two-thirds of health care workers were vaccinated in 2010-2011. Vaccine mandates, either by hospital policy or state law, are intended to help reach vaccination goals among health care workers.

Fifth Call for Proposals Now Open

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Public Health Law Research has released its fifth 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:

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET.

As much as $1 million is available in this round of funding for short-term studies. Studies up to 18 months long will be funded at up to $150,000 each.

Intervention by Specialty Courts Can Lead to Decreased Time in Foster Care, Study Shows

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

When families face issues like divorce, child custody, juvenile delinquency, and drug or alcohol abuse, it is the children that often suffer. Sometimes these children have to be placed in foster care, while the issues get resolved. A new study finds that if these issues are brought before a specialty court, children spend less time in foster care and are more likely to be reunited with their parents or primary caregivers.

“Public Health Law Research: Theory & Methods” Now Available

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A new book edited by Public Health Law Research Director Scott Burris, JDand Associate Director and Methods Core Member Alexander Wagenaar, PhD, explores the mechanisms, theories and models central to public health law research.

Published by Jossey-Bass (a division of Wiley), the book features 17 chapters by the nation’s foremost public health law researchers. “Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods” presents:

Philadelphia Lead Court Effectively Reduces Lead Hazards

Thursday, May 16, 2013

With almost 92 percent of all housing units built before the 1978 federal ban on lead in residential paint and 27 percent of families in the city living in poverty, Philadelphia ranks among the top U.S. cities for prevalence of children with elevated blood lead levels. Some owner-occupants and landlords may defer routine maintenance and care in lower-income housing, leading to property deterioration and peeling paint.