• Better Health Faster: The Five Essential Public Health Law Services

      Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law) (2016-10-16)
    • Exploring Policy Surveillance: Local Policy Surveillance: Challenges and Opportunities

      Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law); Policy Surveillance Program (Temple University Beasley School of Law) (2019-03-12)
      This webinar explores the challenges and opportunities in local policy surveillance. It shares use cases, like CityHealth.org and others, and identifies and examines the practical and methodological barriers facing local practitioners using policy surveillance.
    • Policy Surveillance: A Vital Public Health Practice Comes of Age

      Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law) (2016-12-01)
      Governments use statutes, regulations, and policies, often in innovative ways, to promote health and safety. Organizations outside government, from private schools to major corporations, create rules on matters as diverse as tobacco use and paid sick leave. Very little of this activity is systematically tracked. Even as the rest of the health system is working to build, share, and use a wide range of health and social data, legal information largely remains trapped in text files and pdfs, excluded from the universe of usable data. This article makes the case for the practice of policy surveillance to help end the anomalous treatment of law in public health research and practice. Policy surveillance is the systematic, scientific collection and analysis of laws of public health significance. It meets several important needs. Scientific collection and coding of important laws and policies creates data suitable for use in rigorous evaluation studies. Policy surveillance addresses the chronic lack of readily accessible, nonpartisan information about status and trends in health legislation and policy. It provides the opportunity to build policy capacity in the public health workforce. We trace its emergence over the past fifty years, show its value, and identify major challenges ahead.