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Selected Legal and Policy Resources on Public Health Winnable Battles

This section of the CDC Public Health Law Program website presents selected information resources on law, legal issues, and policies relevant to selected public health Winnable Battles. Our goal is to make such information readily accessible to public health practitioners, policy makers, and legal counsel as they explore and shape law and policy to address those priorities.

CDC has coined the term Winnable Battles to describe public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to intervene. The charge under Winnable Battles is to identify optimal strategies and to rally resources and partnerships to accelerate a measurable impact on health. To date, CDC has identified six Winnable Battles based on the magnitude of the health problems and CDC's ability to make significant progress in improving outcomes:

  • Healthcare associated infections
  • HIV
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Obesity, nutrition, physical activity and food safety
  • Teen Pregnancy, and
  • Tobacco
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While not comprehensive, the information resources presented here cover important laws, legal issues, and policies related to Winnable Battle priorities.  Most of the listed resources are in the public domain and accessible on the Internet.  Each is described briefly and a URL or link is provided for electronic access it.  These resources originate in government agencies, private-sector organizations, academia, the media, and in other sources as well.  We select information resources for their cogency and timeliness.  We seek credible sources but cannot verify the accuracy of the information they contain.

As of September 2010, the Winnable Battle priority addressed here is obesity, nutrition, and physical activity, with specific topics including:

  1. Nutrition/Obesity/Physical Activity

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