An academic, business, and community alliance to promote evidence-based public health policy: the case of primary seat belt legislation.

Goldzweig IA, Schlundt DG, Moore WE, Smith PE, Zoorob RJ, Levine RS
J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 24 (3): 1364-77

PMID: 23974405 · DOI:10.1353/hpu.2013.0138

An academic, business, and community alliance comprising 285 organizations, including 43 national groups represented on a Blue Ribbon Panel organized by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, targeted Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin for high involvement/intervention consisting of community organization and other political action to support passage of primary seat belt laws. State-level alliance activities began in January 2003. All six states enacted a primary seat belt law between 2004 and 2009. From January 2003 to May 2010, passage of primary legislation was 4.5 times as likely (95% CI 1.90, 10.68) in states with high versus low alliance involvement. Positive interaction between high alliance involvement and offers of federal incentives may have occurred as well. This evidence of success suggests that academic-business-community alliances for action to promote evidence-based public health policy may be effective.

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Adolescent Adult Commerce Community Networks Evidence-Based Practice Female Health Policy Health Promotion Humans Male Middle Aged Public Health Risk Reduction Behavior Seat Belts Universities Young Adult

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