Temple Law to Run $19M Public Health Funding Program

This seems like a big deal:

Temple University ‘s Beasley School of Law has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to manage a new $19 million national program that will fund interdisciplinary research exploring legal and regulatory solutions to pressing health challenges such as chronic diseases, and health emergencies including floods, bioterrorism and epidemics.

The Public Health Law Research program will operate under the direction of Temple Law professor Scott Burris, an internationally recognized authority on how law influences public health.

“The Public Health Law Research program brings long-needed funding and attention to the crucial role of law in public health,” said Burris, who also co-directs Temple Law’s new Center for Health Policy, Law and Practice. “Law can be a powerful tool for improving public health. Laws have contributed to reductions in smoking and they have increased use of seat belts.” But, he explained, laws and law enforcement practices can also endanger health.

“RWJF’s investment is important because only good research can tell us what laws work and what laws don’t work for public health,” he added. “This is a golden opportunity to give policy makers and health advocates the information they need to pursue healthy policies, and our job at Temple will be to do everything we can to make sure the evidence our researchers produce gets to the people who need it.”

Scott, you may recall, was a blogger here at CoOp last summer. Congrats Scott!

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