The Editor’s Podcast: Advancing Legal Epidemiology

by Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH


The Editor’s Podcast with Dr. Lloyd F. Novick appears with each new issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and offers a closer look at the articles published in the latest issues with guest appearances by authors, guest editors, and others.

In this episode of the Editor’s Podcast, Dr. Novick speaks with Colleen Barbero, Lindsay Cloud, and Lance Gable about Advancing Legal Epidemiology, a new supplement published March 2020 in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 

Legal epidemiology is the scientific study and deployment of law as a factor in the cause, distribution, and prevention of disease and injury in a population. Dr. Novick and his guests discuss some of the contributions that legal epidemiology adds to the field; its impact on chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke; and the role that Temple University and the CDC play as leaders in the field of legal epi. They also highlight several articles in the supplement that look at related issues, such as housing policies and alcohol, tobacco, and sodium laws. Listen to their full conversation below.

Colleen Barbero is a trained policy scientist and program evaluator. She is currently working as a Health Scientist on the Applied Research and Translation Team in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role she has studied policy and law aimed at improving chronic disease prevention and management. Dr. Barbero is also serving as a Co-chair of the Community Health Worker Work Group at CDC, and her research interests include promoting health equity and stakeholder engagement in decision making. Prior to working for CDC, Dr. Barbero served as a statistical data analyst at the Center for Public Health Systems Science in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in Public Policy Analysis from Saint Louis University, where she concentrated on community and urban development policy. Read more about Colleen here.

Lindsay K. Cloud, JD, is the director of the Policy Surveillance Program at the Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) at Temple University Beasley School of Law. Her work focuses on the intersection of law and public health. She has overseen the creation of large-scale public health law research projects using legal epidemiology to scientifically analyze and track state, local, and international policies across various public health law domains. In addition to managing the creation of CPHLR projects, Lindsay trains government agencies, policymakers, researchers, and other external organizations on the tools and transdisciplinary methods used in public health law research with an aim towards applying law as an intervention to influence better health, well-being, and equity. Read more about Lindsay here.

Lance Gable is an associate professor of law at Wayne State University Law School. Gable, an internationally known expert on public health law and bioethics, served as interim dean of Wayne Law from September 2016 to August 2017. His research addresses the overlap among law, policy, ethics, health and science. He has published journal articles on a diverse array of topics, including public health law, ethics and policy; international human rights; bioterrorism and emergency preparedness; mental health; research ethics; and information privacy. Read more about Lance here.

Read Advancing Legal Epidemiology

Advancing Legal Epidemiology was published in Mar/Apr 2020. READ IT HERE.   

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Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Public Health at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. Previously, he was chair of this Department. He has served as the Commissioner of Health and Secretary for Human Services of Vermont, Director of Health Services for Arizona, and Director of the Office of Public Health for New York State. Previous academic positions include Professor and Director of the Preventive Medicine Program for SUNY Upstate Medical University, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology at the University of Albany School of Public Health, and Clinical Professor and Director of the Teaching Program in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. He is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Follow him on Twitter. [Full bio.]

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