Temple U. to run $19 million public health program

March 11, 2009 12:43:35 PM PDT
Temple University will manage a new $19 million national initiative that explores legal solutions to public health issues. The Public Health Law Research program aims to identify which laws best address issues including chronic diseases and emergencies such as floods, bioterrorism and epidemics.

Funding comes from the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It announced Wednesday that Temple law professor Scott Burris will direct the program based in Philadelphia.

Burris says laws can be used to improve public health, noting legislation that has banned smoking, mandated immunizations and required the use of seat belts. But he says laws can also endanger health.

The first call for proposals under the program will be announced this spring.

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