With experience across a range of policy areas and issues, combined with our strong record working side-by-side with business, government, and community-based organizations, PHI and its programs are effective, influential advocates for public health in local, state and federal policy.

Building on this success, PHI is now working to strengthen its role in U.S.-based policy that has implications for health domestically and worldwide. With strategic policy platforms, PHI addresses policy in areas such as obesity prevention, climate change and health reform.  In addition, PHI tracks federal and state legislation, regulations and budgeting processes across a wide range of issues that impact the public’s health, and advances policy solutions that address the social determinants of health.NURS 4105 – Advocacy Through Healthcare Policy Research Paper

PHI continues to produce forward-thinking research to support the public health perspective as it relates to many of the most complex policy challenges facing the nation today, including: agriculture and nutrition, transportation planning, climate change, economic development, obesity prevention, healthy communities, telehealth and health information technology, and alcohol, tobacco and substance use.NURS 4105 – Advocacy Through Healthcare Policy Research Paper

Policy advocacy is defined as active, covert, or inadvertent support of a particular policy or class of policies.[1] Whether it is proper for scientists and other technical experts to act as advocates for their personal policy preferences is contentious. In the scientific community, much of the controversy around policy advocacy involves precisely defining the proper role of science and scientists in the political process.[2] Some scientists choose to act as policy advocates, while others regard such a dichotomous role as inappropriate.[3]

Providing technical and scientific information to inform policy deliberations in an objective and relevant way is recognized as a difficult problem in many scientific and technical professions.[4] The challenge and conflicts have been studied for those working as stock analysts in brokerage firms,[5] for medical experts testifying in malpractice trials,[6] for funding officers at international development agencies,[7] and for intelligence analysts within governmental national security agencies.[8] The job of providing accurate, relevant, and policy neutral information is especially challenging if highly controversial policy issues (such as climate change) that have a significant scientific component.[9] The use of normative science by scientists is a common method used to subtly advocate for preferred policy choices.[10]NURS 4105 – Advocacy Through Healthcare Policy Research Paper