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Law is a traditional public health tool for disease prevention and health promotion.  For many traditional public health problems, both acute and chronic, the role of law has been crucial in attaining public health goals, even rivaling the roles of epidemiology and laboratory science.  Many of the greatest successes claimed by public health, such as high childhood immunization rates, improved motor vehicle safety, safer workplaces, and reduced tooth decay, have relied heavily on law.  In the past few years, law has played an important role in the control of emerging health problems such as SARS and the threat of pandemic influenza.

In 2000, CDC formally recognized the important role of law in public health by establishing the CDC Public Health Law Program.  We are located in the Office of the Chief of Public Health Practice in the CDC Office of the Director. Our mission is to improve the health of the public through law.  Our strategic goals are to:

  • Develop the legal preparedness of the public health system to address terrorism and other national public health priorities
  • Improve the understanding and use of law as a public health tool, and
  • Establish robust partnerships to join public health practitioners with partners in key law-related sectors, such as elected officials and the legal and law enforcement communities.

The program works to:

  • Strengthen the competencies of public health professionals, attorneys, and other practitioners to apply law to public health; and increase the number of attorneys active in public health
  • Support and conduct applied research in public health law and translate findings into practice
  • Provide consultation and analysis in public health law to CDC programs and extramural constituents
  • Establish partnerships among CDC and other organizations active in public health law and assist in strengthening their public health law capacity and expertise, and
  • Develop and disseminate authoritative information on public health law to the public health practice, policy, research, and education communities.

We collaborate with a growing number of colleagues in many disciplines.  These include public health policy makers and practitioners, elected officials, attorneys in public health, health care, and related specialties, members of the law enforcement, judicial, and emergency management communities, researchers, educators, and many others.  We also work with other CDC programs to help them develop their capacity to use law in their work.

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