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Issues, Theories, and Advocacy
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Public Health Policy: Issues, Theories, and Advocacy offers students an engaging and innovative introduction to public health policy: its purpose, how it is originated, and how it is implemented. The book describes the underlying theories and frameworks as well as practical analytical tools needed for effective advocacy and communication. Drawing on the multidisciplinary nature of public health, the book uses concepts and examples from epidemiology, law, economics, political science, and ethics to examine the policymaking process, explain positions pro or con, and develop materials for various audiences to further a public health policy intervention. In addition, Public Health Policy shows how policymaking is a complex and integrated top–down and bottoms–up process that embraces a myriad of public and private stakeholders.


Written by a highly experienced health policy researcher and teacher, the book is rich in resources that will enhance teaching and learning. Each chapter begins with an overview of the chapter, including core terms and concepts, and includes illustrative examples of how the highlighted component (law, ethics, economics, politics, epidemiology, and medicine) intersects with public health. Discussion questions at the end of every chapter, along with an interview from an expert from each of the component fields, give real–world perspectives on how that particular subject relates to the overall topic. The book also contains 13 case studies that illustrate the framework discussed in the first part of the book, and show how the different components link to create, sustain, evaluate, or obstruct the development of public health policy. Also included are primers on two essential policy tools: how to write research policy briefs, and how to craft effective letters to an editor, including examples of both drawn from the author′s publications in journals and newspapers.


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Public Health Policy: Issues, Theories, and Advocacy offers students an engaging and innovative introduction to public health policy: its purpose, how it is originated, and how it is implemented. The book describes the underlying theories and frameworks as well as practical analytical tools needed for effective advocacy and communication. Drawing on the multidisciplinary nature of public health, the book uses concepts and examples from epidemiology, law, economics, political science, and ethics to examine the policymaking process, explain positions pro or con, and develop materials for various audiences to further a public health policy intervention. In addition, Public Health Policy shows how policymaking is a complex and integrated top–down and bottoms–up process that embraces a myriad of public and private stakeholders.


Written by a highly experienced health policy researcher and teacher, the book is rich in resources that will enhance teaching and learning. Each chapter begins with an overview of the chapter, including core terms and concepts, and includes illustrative examples of how the highlighted component (law, ethics, economics, politics, epidemiology, and medicine) intersects with public health. Discussion questions at the end of every chapter, along with an interview from an expert from each of the component fields, give real–world perspectives on how that particular subject relates to the overall topic. The book also contains 13 case studies that illustrate the framework discussed in the first part of the book, and show how the different components link to create, sustain, evaluate, or obstruct the development of public health policy. Also included are primers on two essential policy tools: how to write research policy briefs, and how to craft effective letters to an editor, including examples of both drawn from the author′s publications in journals and newspapers.


Contents:

Introduction vii


The Author xv


PART 1 BUILDING A FRAMEWORK FOR CONDUCTING A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS


Chapter 1 The Role of Law: Agencies, Legislatures, Courts, and the Constitution 3


Chapter 2 The Role of Epidemiology and Medicine: Diagnosis, Prevention, Control, and Evaluation 45


Chapter 3 The Role of Economics: Theories, Modeling, and Evaluation 77


Chapter 4 The Role of Politics: Players, Processes, and Power 99


Chapter 5 The Role of Ethics: Historical, Contemporary, and Future Perspectives 141


PART 2 CASE STUDIES


Chapter 6 HIV Criminalization 181


Chapter 7 Clean Water Legislation and Mosquito Control 201


Chapter 8 HPV Vaccination 213


Chapter 9 SCHIP and Children with Special Health Care Needs 245


Chapter 10 Overweight and Obesity 265


Chapter 11 Breast Cancer Screening 285


Chapter 12 Medical Transportation: Local Research Focus 295


Chapter 13 Medical Transportation: Local Practice Focus 307


Chapter 14 Taxes, Politics, and Public Health Policy: A Look Back at the 2008 Presidential Campaign 327


Chapter 15 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Modifying Behavior 353


Chapter 16 Medical Readmissions and the Affordable Care Act 365


Chapter 17 Tobacco Control and Cessation Programs 389


Chapter 18 Emergency Preparedness and Infectious Diseases 403


PART 3 ADVOCACY


Chapter 19 The Research Policy Brief: A Primer 429


Chapter 20 Letters to the Editor: A Primer 467


Index 475


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9781118239520
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Publication date: November, 2013
Pages: 600

Subcategories: Public Health

MEET THE AUTHOR

Dhrubajyoti (Dru) Bhattacharya, JD, MPH, LLM is director of the MPH program, associate professor, and chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of San Francisco