Professor Scott Burris has received the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University for his work in establishing the field of public health law. Burris, whose research combines law and science, was a pioneer in developing the legal response to HIV/AIDS and has been instrumental in shaping public policy on a wide range of issues, from the use of criminal laws to control risky behavior to harm reduction measures for prostitutes and drug users. “The answers to these problems aren’t really legal. They turn on scientific evidence,” Burris said.
Professor Jennifer Ibrahim has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University for her unwavering commitment to improving her students’ experience at Temple.
“It’s my responsibility and privilege to give my students all that I can offer,” said Ibrahim. “Regardless of the specific content, I hope my students walk out of the classroom with a love for learning. That would make me feel like I’ve done a good job.”
Scott Burris, PHLR Director, has received the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award from Temple University for his work in establishing the field of public health law. Jennifer Ibrahim, PHLR Associate Director, has received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Temple University for her unwavering commitment to improving her students’ experience at Temple.
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, PHLR Methods Core member and professor at Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, presented on “Violence, Mental Illness, and Gun Control” at a Seminar Series on Health Outcomes at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health sponsored by Pfizer.
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Dean JoAnne Epps and a delegation of faculty and administration from Temple Law traveled to China, where they participated in the celebration of Tsinghua University’s 100th anniversary. Tsinghua, one of China’s great universities, is a key partner in Temple’s Beijing and Rule of Law programs. President Hu Jintao, an alumnus of Tsinghua, delivered the keynote speech in the multi-day affair. Also in attendance were representatives from law schools around the world, including the Sorbonne, the University of Cape Town, and similar globally-oriented educational institutions. Dean JoAnne Epps
Safety is NO Accident
It only takes a moment for an injury to happen – a fall on a stair, a moment’s glance away from the road, a biking or sports-related injury, a medication mix-up. But it also takes just a moment to protect against injuries and make communities safer. The potential for injury is all around us. Each year, nearly 150,000 people die from injuries, and almost 30 million people are injured seriously enough to go to the emergency room.
A major research collaboration between the Philadelphia Police Department and researchers in the Department of Criminal Justice involving over 200 police officers on foot beats around some of the city’s most violent corners may spark a revision of a long-held view of police patrol.
Mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders constitute a global public health problem of enormous proportions. Developing and implementing cost-effective interventions to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses and comorbid substance abuse disorders remains a challenge for multiple, interfacing service systems, from public health to social welfare to law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.
Michelle Mello, J.D., Ph.D., PHLR Methods Core member, and colleagues recently published "Relationship between Quality of Care and Negligence Litigation in Nursing Homes" in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors analyzed information on tort claims brought against 1465 nursing homes between 1998 and 2006 to 10 indicators of nursing home quality drawn from two U.S. national data sets: the Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting system and the Minimum Data Set Quality Measure/Indicator Report.
Now available: New article written by PHLR’s Scott Burris and Evan Anderson “Making the Case for Laws that Improve Health: The Work of the Public Health Law Research National Program Office.” This piece was published in the special symposium issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (JLME).