Did you know police have a long history of involvement in public health? We highlight some key readings for you.
LEPH2021 addresses the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health, involving practitioners, policy makers and researchers from these and other related sectors.
Four key readings on the history of law enforcement and public health.
The intersections of law enforcement and public health are not new; however, their overlapping and complementary aspects have received less attention than in areas where they are oppositional or in conflict. We aim to better interrogate these intersections to identify how mechanisms available through public health, law enforcement, policing and related fields can be used to optimal benefit for community safety and wellbeing. We acknowledge that what is optimal in one context may not be so in another.
1. Law enforcement & public health: an overview Maurice Punch 2019
2. Medical Police and the History of Public Health Patrick E. Carroll, Medical History, 2002, 46: 461494
3. Policing Public Health in Queensland, Australia 1859-1919 Gerald Hugo Ree, PhD Dissertation
4. Law enforcement and public health as an emerging field Auke van Dijk & Nick Crofts, Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy 2016
We invite you to add to this emerging archive. We are especially interested in articles that are historical or examples from the global south.
LEPH2021 addresses the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health, involving practitioners, policy makers and researchers from these and other related sectors. Four key rea…
Meet the LEPH2021 Organising Committee: Michael DiBerardinis
Michael DiBerardinis joined Fels as a full-time Professor of Practice in January 2018. Prior to this role, he served as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia under Major James Kenney since January 2016. As Managing Director, he played a critical role in the Kenney administration, overseeing and coordinating activity across most major operating departments of the city’s government.
Locally, some of Mike’s prior posts have included serving as Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources overseeing the operations of the city’s recreation events, facilities and programs; Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation managing all of the city’s 63 parks in the Fairmount Park System; and special advisor to the Free Library of Philadelphia.
On the state level, Mike served for six years as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources under Governor Ed Rendell. The department protected more than 150,000 acres of Pennsylvania land and helped establish and develop the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Prior to his public administrator positions, Mike got his start in peace activism in the early 1970s, eventually moving on to grass-roots community organizing work in neighborhoods. He worked as a community organizer in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, later becoming a political organizer for Rep. Thomas Foglietta in the late 1980s. In 1991, Mayor-elect Ed Rendell offered him a city government position, and he took it with the Recreation Department, revitalizing Philadelphia neighborhoods throughout the 1990s. In 2003, he rejoined newly elected governor Ed Rendell to become the secretary of DCNR.
In DiBerardinis’ six years as secretary of DCNR, the department protected more than 150,000 acres of Pennsylvania land and helped establish and develop the Pennsylvania Wilds. He also helped expand TreeVitalize, a state-wide initiative to help plant 1 million trees in the metropolitan areas of the commonwealth. He received the Joseph Ibberson Government Award from the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation in 2007 largely as a result of these efforts.
As commissioner of Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department, he worked alongside the City Planning Commission to update the comprehensive plan and develop Green 2015, a park planning project that provides parks and recreation resources within 10 miles of 75% of the city’s residents. This sustainability plan had a goal to add over 500 acres of new, publicly accessible open space, transforming overdeveloped and under-utilized areas of the city. … See MoreSee Less
Join us at LEPH2021 for crucial listening & learning about public health, policing & public safety: read the conference objectives.
Across the broadest range of issues that connect public health to public safety, the LEPH 2021 conference aims to:
– Foster tangible collaborations between the sectors of law enforcement, public health and communities – Ensure that law enforcement and public health missions are driven by the needs, values and concerns of the people they serve – Redistribute responsibilities across systems in furtherance of community safety and wellbeing – Bring a lens focused on racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and gender equity to both public health and law enforcement systems
These build on previous Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences held in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019 that worked to:
– Enhance local, national and international political and institutional leadership – Understand, develop and sustain partnerships – Translate research to policy to practice – Promote the critical role of education and training – Develop a multidisciplinary research agenda and methodology -Build and promote ongoing interactions between interested people through the GLEPH Association … See MoreSee Less
Meet the LEPH2021 Organising Committee: Rosie Frasso
Rosie Frasso, Program Director, Public Health; College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso is a public health researcher and educator. Dr. Frasso earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as two master’s degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on health disparities, housing insecurity, health literacy and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve population health, healthcare quality and access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations.
Her expertise in qualitative methods includes traditional and alternative data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, free-listing and consensus-deriving group approaches. Additionally, she has works on several cross-disciplinary projects with educators, artists and economists who are committed to using qualitative methods to enhance community collaborations, to support communities as they advocate for change and to amplify the voices of vulnerable populations. … See MoreSee Less
Rosie Frasso, Program Director, Public Health; College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso is a public health researcher and educator. Dr. Frasso earned her P…
Professor Scott Burris has been an important contributor to the LEPH conference series in previous years and is a key member of the Organising Committee (and Program Committee) for LEPH2021.
Scott Burris, Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Law Research, Beasley School of Law, Temple University Scott Burris, J.D., is a Professor of Law at Temple Law School, where he directs the Center for Public Health Law Research. He is also a Professor in Temple’s School of Public Health.
Burris began his career in public health law during the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He was the editor of the first systematic legal analysis of HIV in the United States, AIDS and the Law: A Guide for the Public (Yale University Press, 1987; New Guide for the Public published 1993), and spent several years lobbying and litigating on behalf of people with HIV as an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. Since joining the Temple faculty in 1991, his research has focused on how law influences public health and health behavior. In 2009, he founded the Public Health Law Research Program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has supported over 80 empirical studies of the impact of law on health, as well as LawAtlas, an innovative policy surveillance portal, and a comprehensive resource on scientific health law research methods.
He is the author of over 200 books, book chapters, articles and reports on issues including urban health; discrimination against people with HIV and other disabilities; HIV policy; research ethics; and the health effects of criminal law and drug policy. He has been particularly interested in developing theory and methods aimed at promoting effective local health governance. His work has been supported by organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, AmfAR and the Trust for America’s Health, the Drug Policy Alliance, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
He has served as a consultant to numerous United States and international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Institute of Medicine and to the producers of the Oscar-winning film Philadelphia. He is a founder of Legal Science, LLC, a private company dedicated to the social mission of improving access to legal information and the supporting of the practice of policy surveillance. He has been a visiting scholar at RegNet at the Australian National University, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Cape Town Law School. He is affiliated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale, and serves as an advisor to the Tsinghua University AIDS Institute, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Research Center for HIV/AIDS Public Policy and the Program in Bioethics at Monash University.
In 2014, he was the recipient of the American Public Health Association Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2018 he was the recipient of the Jay Healey Health Law Professors award. Professor Burris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (A.B.) and Yale Law School (J.D.). … See MoreSee Less