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State policy guide; using research in public health policymaking : a publication of the Council of State Governments
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    Fall 2008

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    Using research in public health policymaking
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    "This guide describes the benefits of using research results to make state policy decisions on public health and other health and human services concerns. In addition to considering budgetary constraints, how well a policy fits in your state, public opinion and other political factors, state legislators can effectively apply the cumulative lessons from public health research by working closely with researchers and other experts. Specifically, this guide will help legislators and their staffs understand: How to use research results to produce effective public health policies and programs and to spend public resources as wisely as possible; Ways to work with researchers and other experts to understand and apply research evidence on successful programs; Key concepts and terms used by public health researchers; How research evidence varies in strength, and what must be considered to determine the likelihood a program or policy will work for your state; Tips for using research when drafting legislation; How to work with coalitions of experts and advocates to advance public health issues; Resources for finding more information about public health policy recommendations based on research results; and How one state used research results to make a measurable positive difference in people's lives." We greatly appreciate the input from many scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and especially note the valuable insights provided by Dr. Peter Briss, CDC science officer and former director of The Community Guide, Dr. Shawna Mercer, CDC director of The Community Guide, and Dr. Anthony Moulton, co-director of the CDC Public Health Law Program. Inclides bibligraphical references (p. 32-36). Funding for this publication is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under Cooperative Agreement U38/CCU424348.
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