by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Laws and policies can help support healthier, safer, and more livable communities, reduce the negative effects of alcohol use, and support achievement of national goals proposed by Healthy People 2020.
ARG senior scientist and Center director William C. Kerr co-authored the newest report, The Role of Law and Policy in Reducing Deaths Attributable to Alcohol to Reach Healthy People’s Substance Abuse Goals in the United States, which is the fourth in a series of reports that highlight the practical application of law and policy to improve health across the nation.
This report presents evidence-based policy solutions that community and tribal leaders, government officials, public health professionals, health care and mental health providers, lawyers, and social service providers can use in their communities. Success stories — or Bright Spots — illustrate how some communities have used law and policy to help meet their health goals and achieve Healthy People targets.
About the Law and Health Policy Project
The goal of the Healthy People Law and Health Policy project is to highlight how evidence-based legal and policy interventions and strategies can facilitate progress toward Healthy People objectives by improving community health and well-being. In addition to reports and webinars, the project includes “Bright Spots,” or success stories, that highlight successful policy interventions that have led to improved health outcomes.
The project is a collaboration between the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.