The National Institutes of Health today released recommendations or best practices for scientists conducting mixed methods health research. Mixed methods research combines the strengths of quantitative research and qualitative research. Despite the increased interest in mixed methods research in health fields and at NIH, prior to this report, there was limited guidance to help scientists developing applications for NIH funding that featured mixed methods designs, nor was there guidance for the reviewers at NIH who assess the quality of these applications.
Gene W. Matthews, J.D., director, Public Health Law Network – Southeastern Region
PHLR Methods Core member, Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, from Duke University, has been selected as a joint recipient of the 2011 Carl Taube Award, an honor given by the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Public Health Law Research has selected 43 applicants from its third call for proposals (CFP) to submit a full proposal. Full proposals are due on July 26, 2011. Currently, PHLR has an open Rapid Response CFP. Future funding announcements are expected in late September.
The law has been a critical factor in many public health efforts such as decreasing tobacco use and reducing drunken driving. For the Public's Health: Revitalizing Law and Policy to Meet New Challenges, a new report from the IOM, recommends ways that federal, state, and local health agencies can use legal means to bolster public health policies. For more information on this report, visit the Institute of Medicine website.
Health Reform’s Impact on Comparative Effectiveness and Public Health Outcomes: Something Old Becomes New Again
• Eleanor D. Kinney, J.D., M.P.H., Professor and Co-Director, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law
• Priscilla Keith, J.D., M.S., Director of Research and Projects and Adjunct Professor, William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health, Indiana University School of Law
• Daniel M. Fox, A.B., A.M, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Milbank Memorial Fund.
A comprehensive survey of state distracted driving provisions, conducted by PHLR's Jennifer Ibrahim, Evan Anderson, Scott Burris, and Alex Wagenaar, was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this month.
Background: State laws limiting the use of mobile communications devices (MCDs) by drivers are being enacted at an accelerating pace. Public health law research is needed to test various legislative models and guide future legal innovation.
Fracking – Is It Just a Dirty Word?
Environmental and Public Health Considerations of Hydrofracturing
• Josh Fox, filmmaker of documentary on fracking, “Gasland”
• Avner Vengosh, Ph.D., M.S., Professor, Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
• John Quigley, M.P.A., principal, John H Quigley LLC
Origin: The Health Care Blog
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, PHLR Methods Core member and professor at Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and John Petrila, J.D., LL. M., professor of mental health law and policy at the University of South Florida's latest post addresses the public health law challenge of mental illness.