The Centers for Law and the Public's Health: A Collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities has a multidimensional mission. It includes:
- Serving as a primary resource on public health law for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, policy-makers, advocates, and the public;
- Improving understanding about how the law affects the prevention of disease and injury through research, education, training, collaboration, and dissemination of information; and
- Promoting the development and implementation of an effective public health law infrastructure.
The Centers' specific aims are to:
- Develop core legal competencies in public health law and corresponding curricula, as well as new training materials as needed;
- Work with stakeholders and national partners to deliver training sessions and materials useful for public health practitioners, lawyers, legislators, and policymakers;
- Conduct legal research and analysis in targeted areas relevant to public health law and policy;
- Examine the public health law infrastructure and make recommendations for needed improvements;
- Promote communication and collaboration among interest groups through our web site and other communication mediums; and
- Enhance the visibility and effectiveness of law as a tool for the promotion of the public's health.