Developing and evaluating an online database of public health laws in Nebraska

The Foundation's Public Health Services and Systems Research program was designed to help establish the field of public health systems research as a needed resource that will enable governmental health agencies to improve their performance. The purpose of this study is to: (1) collect a body of state and local laws that govern public health agency organization and authority to act; (2) create an online database and coded legal dataset of public health laws in Nebraska; and (3) evaluate the use of the online system as well as associated changes in knowledge, attitudes and actions of the Nebraska public health workforce as a result of using the online system. Project deliverables will include the interactive online database and mapping system as well as a behind-the-scenes longitudinal coded legal dataset. Additional deliverables include a research brief detailing findings, policy/practice implications, and recommendations as well as a written report on the project and its findings for wide dissemination. Findings will be released within 12 months of the project's completion. The study will be a first step toward helping public health practitioners and researchers to systematically advance the use of law in public health service delivery and public health systems and services research.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 8/22/2013

Time frame: 9/15/2013 - 11/14/2015

Grant Number: 71266


Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work

Health Sciences Campus, 3rd Floor, Jones Hall
3401 Ontario Street
Philadelphia, 19140-5101


Jennifer K. Ibrahim
Project Director