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Methods: Mind the Gap

Webinar Series

Study Design and Analysis Methods for Examining the Implementation and Impact of Obesity and Tobacco-Related Law and Policy

May 22, 2018
Jamie Chriqui, Ph.D., M.H.S.
Jamie Chriqui, Ph.D., M.H.S.

Professor of Health Policy and Administration
University of Illinois at Chicago

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About the Webinar

Truly studying the implementation and impact of public health policies on communities, organizations, systems, and individuals often requires an in-depth understanding of the scope and components of the law or policy itself. This is particularly true of studies that examine multicomponent laws and policies across jurisdictions—where understanding nuances of the laws and policies within each jurisdiction are necessary for an "apples-to-apples" analysis of their impact on the outcomes of interest.

Drawing from the obesity prevention and tobacco control fields, this webinar reviews the design and analysis considerations for assessing the implementation and impact of laws and policies on community, organizational, and individual-level outcomes. It also seeks to:

  1. Review the primary approaches to "measuring" law and policy for use in implementation and impact studies
  2. Highlight why it is necessary to ensure a “conceptual match” between the policy and outcome measures
  3. Review considerations for using existing or developing new policy data sources for use in implementation and impact studies.

About Jamie Chriqui

Dr. Chriqui is Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Co-Director of the Health Policy Center in the Institute for Health Research and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has more than 27 years’ experience conducting public health policy research, evaluation, and analysis. Dr. Chriqui is considered a national expert on evaluating laws and policies on communities, systems, and population health with an emphasis on chronic disease issues including obesity, substance abuse, and tobacco control.

Her current research focuses on studying the implementation and impact of federal, state, and local obesity, nutrition, and activity-related laws and policies on communities, schools, and individual-level outcomes. She served on two Institute of Medicine obesity prevention-related committees; is an appointed member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force; and is an advisor for numerous federal, foundation, and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Chriqui holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University; an M.H.S. in health policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a Ph.D. in policy sciences with a health policy concentration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.