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The Society of Family Planning awards Changemakers in Family Planning grants to respond to institutionalized racism in the field of family planning by providing dedicated support for scholars of color to expand research skills and expertise. This year, CPHLR Law and Policy Analyst Cydney Murray has been selected as a Changemaker! We couldn't be more proud and excited for her to receive this honor and to further her research.


Are you joining us for the 2023 Policy Surveillance Institute on October 5-6? We can’t wait to see everyone in Philadelphia for the first in-person Institute since 2019! 

We’ve put together a guide if you plan on staying in the city the whole weekend. There’s something for everyone here in Philadelphia to find and explore! 


The Center for Public Health Law Research strives to provide ample resources for anyone wanting to learn more about legal epidemiology. Legal epidemiology is the scientific study of and deployment of law as a factor in the cause, distribution, and prevention of disease and injury in a population. 


Shane Reader from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, recently published research in Drug and Alcohol Dependence that reveals patterns in implementation, facilitates future evaluations, and produces a roadmap for the dimension reduction of further policy surveillance datasets related to harm reduction and drug use. 


June 24, 2023, marks one year since the US Supreme Court upended the limited constitutional protection of abortion afforded by Roe v. Wade. Now, the legal status of abortion varies even more drastically across the nation, compromising equitable access to this essential health care. While some states have moved to ban abortion outright, others have enacted measures attempting to protect and expand access. 


By Sterling Johnson

Not since the 1960s have we seen the terms of Black history been this contested among legislators and school districts. Three years after the George Floyd riots and our own national reckoning, we continue to watch explicit attacks on the teaching of critical race theory, but also more integration of Black history into the national story — with Florida’s legislative history serving as a primary landscape for this cultural battle.