Assessing the impact on health outcomes of two New York state public health laws regulating hospital maternity care

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, 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.This study investigates how a New York state Breastfeeding (BF) Mothers Bill of Rights and a law requiring public reporting of hospital-specific BF rates affect changes in hospital BF policies and maternity care practices. Through semi-structured interviews, qualitative analysis, and surveys, data will be collected to explore attitudes and incentives that motivate hospital decision-makers to make changes, and these will be merged with repeat measures of hospital BF practices, BF policies, and BF outcomes. The findings of this public health law research project may identify deficiencies or opportunities for changes to state laws or hospital regulations that could improve hospital policy, performance monitoring, compliance, staff training and/or hospital practices leading to better public health outcomes, specifically BF outcomes. Deliverables include a BF dataset, final report, webinars, articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $436,014.00

Awarded on: 12/13/2012

Time frame: 12/1/2012 - 5/31/2015

Grant Number: 70514


Health Research Incorporated

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Menands, 12204-2726


Barbara A. Dennison
Project Director


Trang Nguyen
Project Director