Opportunities to Leverage Law and Policy to Improve the Health and Well-being of the Nation in the Coming Decade

Concurrent Sessions 4: 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Law and policy can be leveraged to improve health and well-being; measuring and evaluating their impact is crucial. In this session, sources of data and tools to evaluate their role on health and equity outcomes, including Healthy People 2030’s national targets and resources, the Law and Health Policy Project, and CDC’s identification of high impact legal policies, will be covered. Lessons from the pandemic on the value of science-informed policy also will be discussed.


  • Angela McGowan, JD, MPH, Senior Director, Alliance for Disease Prevention and Response, American Public Health Association


  • Megan Kelly, JD, MPH, Health Policy Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Professor of Nursing in Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
  • Carter Blakey, Deputy Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services