NIH Releases Best Practices for Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The National Institutes of Health today released recommendations or best practices for scientists conducting mixed methods health research. Mixed methods research combines the strengths of quantitative research and qualitative research. Despite the increased interest in mixed methods research in health fields and at NIH, prior to this report, there was limited guidance to help scientists developing applications for NIH funding that featured mixed methods designs, nor was there guidance for the reviewers at NIH who assess the quality of these applications. 

PHL Webinar: Legal and Political Aspects of Public Health Agency Accreditation - now online

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Les Beitsch M.D., J.D., associate dean, Division of Health Affairs, Florida State University College of Medicine
Gene W. Matthews, J.D., director, Public Health Law Network – Southeastern Region 
Martie Ross, J.D., partner, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP


Using the Law to Strengthen Public Health Policies - IOM Report

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The law has been a critical factor in many public health efforts such as decreasing tobacco use and reducing drunken driving. For the Public's Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges, a new report from the IOM, recommends ways that federal, state, and local health agencies can use legal means to bolster public health policies. For more information on this report, visit the Institute of Medicine website.

June PHL Webinar on Health Reform's Impact on Comparative Effectiveness and Public Health Outcomes - now online

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Health Reform’s Impact on Comparative Effectiveness and Public Health Outcomes: Something Old Becomes New Again

• Eleanor D. Kinney, J.D., M.P.H., Professor and Co-Director, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law
• Priscilla Keith, J.D., M.S., Director of Research and Projects and Adjunct Professor, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law

• Daniel M. Fox, A.B., A.M, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Milbank Memorial Fund.

State Laws Restricting Driver Use of Mobile Communications Devices: Distracted-Driving Provisions, 1992-2010

Monday, June 6, 2011

A comprehensive survey of state distracted driving provisions, conducted by PHLR's Jennifer Ibrahim, Evan Anderson, Scott Burris, and Alex Wagenaar, was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this month.

Background: State laws limiting the use of mobile communications devices (MCDs) by drivers are being enacted at an accelerating pace. Public health law research is needed to test various legislative models and guide future legal innovation.

Jeff Swanson: Using Laws to Help Solve the Public Health Crisis of Mental Illness

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Origin: The Health Care Blog

Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, PHLR Methods Core member and professor at Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and John Petrila, J.D., LL. M., professor of mental health law and policy at the University of South Florida's latest post addresses the public health law challenge of mental illness.