Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health program

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health (PHLR), was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.The PHLR national program office (NPO) is housed at Temple University's Beasley School of Law, with Scott Burris, J.D., serving as the National Program Director. This NPO has now managed 49 grants, established and funded rapid response grants, hosted annual conferences, supported New Connections scholars, made presentations to public health, legal and research audiences, and produced material ranging from videos, to web site materials, and published journal articles. This grant will grow the public health law research field and support the NPO's activities by: (1) building the evidence base for public health law research through RWJF grant-making and NPO research; (2) strengthening and expanding the field through methods development and technical assistance; (3) defining and growing the field through an online, user-friendly interface of PHLR experts and publications, and through strategic collaborations with related NPOs, researchers, practitioners, and policy stakeholders; (4) managing the call for proposals, application and selection processes; (5) developing a strategic and targeted research program; and (6) injecting PHLR evidence into policy debates and public health practice by effectively translating research and disseminating their products. Additional deliverables include: creating of a year-long Critical Opportunities for Public Health Law initiative; convening a fourth annual grantee meeting; launching an online demonstration site for a public health law policy surveillance portal; and producing and commissioning relevant, timely papers on public health law research which should lead to a seminal PHLR theory and methods book. The NPO will work closely with RWJF program and communications staff to continue to build and develop this program and strategically translate and disseminate research findings to public health and policymaker audiences. A key deliverable will be public use data sets for inclusion in the Foundation's Health and Medical Care Archive.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,595,715.00

Awarded on: 4/15/2012

Time frame: 6/1/2012 - 5/31/2013

Grant Number: 69966


Temple University Beasley School of Law

1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, 19122-6002


Scott C. Burris
Project Director