DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Description)
The Center for Epidemiology and Policy, within the Johns Hopkins School of
Public Health, proposes a symposium to advance the use of epidemiologic
evidence in making health policy decisions. The process of developing
public health policy, which can occur in a number of ways, generally depends
upon the policy arena, such as in regulatory action, infectious disease
control or health care services evaluation. The incorporation of
epidemiologic evidence into this process has not always been successful.
While most epidemiologist would agree that epidemiology is the foundation of
public health practice, there are some cogent issues surrounding the use of
epidemiologic data in formulating health policy. Some of these issues
include: differences between research goals and policy goals; translation
of epidemiologic findings into health policy terms; and the role of
epidemiologist in the policy development process. The goals of this
symposium are: to examine and address the barriers in using epidemiologic
information for health policy decisions; to develop possible solutions to
the problems in translating epidemiologic evidence into sound policy; and to
better define a research agenda for epidemiology and public health policy.
The symposium will systematically address the relevant issues through work
groups and invited presentations. Six multi-disciplinary work group of 10
invited experts will spend two days analyzing six case studies. The purpose
of these sessions is to instill some principles on the use of epidemiologic
evidence in policy development. The results will be presented on the third
day of the symposium in an open general session, which will also include
speakers invited to present papers on specific topics. A planning committee
has developed the symposium agenda and identified possible work group
members and presenters. Anticipated registrants for the general s e ssion
include policy-makers, epidemiologist, public health officers, legislators,
industry representatives, public health advocates, and students.
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