The Network can provide research, analysis, training and other services to organizations, agencies and programs working on community and population health issues. Below are examples of projects we've worked on with philanthropic organizations, government agencies, academic institutions and others.
The PEW Charitable Trusts' Health Impact Project aims to promote health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool and expand their use in multiple sectors, including through environmental policy. In a two-stage project, attorneys at the Network along with others at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) examined the legal and practical underpinnings of utilizing HIAs in environmental reviews. The Network’s main effort entailed a legal overview of the National Environmental Policy Act and its tribal, state and local equivalents in 17 jurisdictions, identifying 10 themes to embed HIAs and other health considerations into the environmental review process at various stages.
The Network worked with the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Team to develop a coded legislative dataset of state return-to-play laws, along with an accompanying codebook with decision rules (a document that explains decisions that were made during the coding process about how the codebook was applied to different aspects of the laws).
When Michigan State University was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a registry of Flint residents exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System, it turned to the Network. Our subject matter experts provided analysis and training related to legal and regulatory aspects of data sharing and privacy, to help ensure the effectiveness of the information and obviate any infringement on privacy laws.
The Network worked with Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC), a company that develops public health information systems, including Immunization Information Systems (IIS). IIS are confidential, population-based, public health information systems covering a defined geographic area that record and consolidate immunization doses administered by participating providers. Network attorneys worked with STC to compile and evaluate laws for 50 states, the District of Columbia, and three cities that govern IIS to promote the establishment and operation of robust IIS.
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