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11-state regional Public Health Law Network office to be established at ASU College of Law
Date:9/20/2010

peration, the Public Health Law and Policy Program at the College of Law has become a national leader in addressing crucial issues of our public health system," said Dean Paul Schiff Berman of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. "The partnership with Robert Wood Johnson solidifies this position and provides us with resources to make a real impact in using law to help craft public health solutions across the West."

The Western region office is co-directed by PHLPP Director James G. Hodge Jr., the ASU Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics, and Clifford M. Rees at the University of New Mexico.

The four other regional centers are housed at the Public Health Law Center at Williams Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., the University of Maryland School of Law, working with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, both in Baltimore, the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, working with the National Health Law Program.

"The use of law as a tool to improve the public's health," noted Hodge, "is a transformative theme in public health practice and theory, but it relies on enhanced understanding and application of laws to promote population health outcomes. The Network will help build relationships and share information to strengthen the role of law to address public health issues."

Initial funding for the Network has been provided by the RWJF, which also supports the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Public Health Law Research and the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium.

"We are excited to help launch this national resource center that will improve the health of families and communities around our nation," said Michelle Larkin, Director of the RWJF public health team. "Laws and policies, like those used to create smoke-free enviro
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Contact: Janie Magruder
jane.magruder@asu.edu
480-727-9052
Arizona State University
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