tice. Continued research on the activity of the Network and others providing
similar services can help the public health law community streamline resource development to be as effective as possible, in terms of the content,
methods of delivery and target audiences. Such research can also play a part
in bridging the gap between public health law research and public health
systems and services research. This integration holds immense promise in
its ability to identify strategies for the effective use of law by public health
This review of Network responses to requests for technical assistance also makes clear that the Network’s national focus and emphasis on connecting public health law professionals can play an important part in providing
assistance to and building knowledge among local entities— if a Network
staff member does not have expertise in a specific locality, he or she is often able to refer the requester to a contact who does. By building upon current knowledge to continue to better target resource development, expand
outreach and more systematically and efficiently rely upon the expertise of
contacts within the public health law community, the Network and its partners can make even greater strides in the effort to support and inform public
health professionals. As a result, these professionals will be more able to
make use of law and policy to promote the public’s health.
31. See Scott Burris et al., Moving from Intersection to Integration: Public Health Law
Research and Public Health Systems and Services Research, 90 MILBANK Q. 395 (2012).