A Lesson in Gaining Buy-In from Policy Makers: An Author Q&A with Dr. Daniel Bornstein
A group of researchers, led by Dr. Daniel Bornstein, is receiving media attention from news outlets across the country, including USA Today, for an article recently published in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. The article, “Which US States Pose the Greatest Threats to Military Readiness and Public Health? Public Health Policy Implications for a Cross-sectional Investigation of Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Body Mass Index, and Injuries Among US Army Recruits” reframes the negative effects of physical inactivity and low fitness from an issue that impacts public health to one that directly and indirectly affects military readiness and national security. Bornstein, an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science at The Citadel, maintains that the way to affect policy is to speak the language of the policy makers.
We had the chance to sit down with Dr. Bornstein recently to talk about the article and how aligning public health needs with the issues that matter to policy makers can create greater buy-in.
For further reading, consider these related articles from the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice*:
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