Course: Introduction to Health Policy

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Module 1: The Rational Public Health Policy Process
What Public Health Policy Do You Want to Change? (Anderson)

Institute of Medicine , Executive Summary of "The Future of Public Health in the 21 st Century" Washington , D.C: National Academies Press, November 2002).

Assessing Need and Demand for Health Care (Anderson)

Eugene Bardach, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving , Part 1 ( New York : Chatham House, 2000): pp. 1-46.

John Kingdon, Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (New York: Harper Collins, 1995): Pgs 71-89.

Institute of Medicine , Executive Summary of "Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations" (Washington , DC: National Academies Press), January 2004.

Historical, Legal, and Ethical Perspectives on Public Health Policy (Anderson)

Lawrence Gostin, "A Theory and Definition of Public Health Law," in Conceptual Foundations of Public Health Law (Berkeley and Los Angeles , CA : University of California Press and the Milbank Memorial Fund):2001, pp. 3-23.

GF Anderson et al., "Doughnut Holes and Price Controls," Health Affairs Web Exclusive, July 21, 2004.

Economic and Financial Considerations in Health Policy (Anderson)

Victor Fuchs, "Problems and Choices" in Who Shall Live? (New York: Basic Books, 1974): pp. 17-26.

Partnership for Solutions, "Chronic Conditions: Making the Case for Ongoing Care" Chartbook (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 2002).

Evaluation and Assessment of Health Policy (Anderson)

Leiyu Shi, "Conceptualizing Health Services," in Health Services Research Methods (New York: Delmar Learning, 1996): pp. 31-57.

JA Groner et al., "The Impact of a Brief Intervention on Maternal Smoking Behavior," Pediatrics Vol. 105, No. 1 Supplement (January 2000): pp. 267-271.

Two Frequently Asked Questions (Anderson) No Assigned Readings
Module 2: Delivering Medical Care
Health Policy and the Delivery of Health Care: Case Study 1 (Weiner)

Starfield, B. "Basic concepts in population health and health care." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2001;55:452-454.

Black, N. "Evidence based policy: proceed with care." British Medical Journal 2001;323:275-279.

Dobrow M, Goel V, Upshur R. E. G. "Evidence- based health policy: context and utilisation." Social Science and Medicine 2004;58:207-217.

Health Policy and the Delivery of Health Care: Case Study 2 (Weiner)

Owen D. "Analytic Tools for Public Health Decision Making." Medical Decision Making supplement 2002 [Sept- Oct]: S3-S10

Russell L, Siegel J, Daniels N, Gold M, Luce B, Mandelblatt, J. (1996). "Cost- Effectiveness Analysis as a Guide to Resource Allocation in Health: Role and Limitations." In M. Gold, J. Siegel, L. Russell, & M. Weinstein (Eds.), Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine (New York City, NY: Oxford University Press, 1996): pp. 3-24.

Module 3: Injury Prevention and Trauma Care
Setting the Stage: The Burden of Injury and Strategies for Intervention (MacKenzie)

Segui-Gomez M, MacKenzie EJ. "Measuring the Public Health Impact of Injuries." Epidemiologic Reviews 2003;25:3-19.

Graham JD, Segui-Gomez M. "Economic Evaluation of Injury Control," in Rivara et al (Eds): Injury Control: A Guide to Research and Program Evaluation (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

How Did an Airbag Get Into My Steering Wheel: A Case Study in Injury Prevention Policy (Frattaroli)

Teret SP. Brief of the American Public Health Association and the National Association for Public Health Policy re: Alexander Evers, Jr. et al vs. General Motors Corporation . November 21, 1984.

Thompson KM, Segui-Gomez M, Graham JD. "Validating Benefit and Cost Estimates: The Case of Airbag Regulation." Risk Analysis 2002;22:803-811.

Funding Trauma Centers: Using the Bardach Framework to Develop a Rational Policy (MacKenzie)

MacKenzie FJ, Hoyt DB, Sacra JC, et al. "National Inventory of Hospital Trauma Centers." JAMA 2003;289:1515-1522.

Taheri PA, Butz DA, Lottenberg L, et al. "The Cost of Trauma Center  Readiness." AM J Surg 2004;187:7-13.

Hackey BT. "The Politics of Trauma System Development." J Trauma 1995;39:1045-1053.

Module 4: Emergency Preparedness
Public Health Preparedness Policies: Pre-9/11 Policies (Burke)

Trust for America 's Health. Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health in the Age of Bioterrorism: Executive Summary. December, 2003.

Burke T. Letter from the Bioterrorism Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Center for Environmental Health. August 2, 1999.

DFI International Government Services. Homeland Defense 2008 and Beyond. March 12, 2004.

Public Health Preparedness Policies: Post-9/11 Realities and Future Directions (Burke)

World Trade Center Report: Executive Summary. 2003.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Psychological and Emotional Effects of the September 11 Attacks on the World Trade Center- Connecticut , New Jersey , and New York , 2001. MMWR 2002;51:784-786.

American Schools of Public Health Newsletter. New Study Calls for New Measures to Address the Decline in Confidence and Refocus Preparedness Efforts. August 27, 2004.

Klitzman S, Freudenberg N. Implications of the World Trade Center Attack for the Public Health and Health Care Infrastructures. AJPH. March, 2003: 400-406.