Author: Hosea H. Harvey

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Nudging the Public’s Health: The Political Psychology of Public Health Law Intervention

From menu calorie counts to counting youth concussions, in recent years lawmakers have designed new public health law interventions that attempt to nudge individuals toward better health outcomes by limiting choice, providing information and education, and changing norms and values. But why do we expect the general public to adopt and be informed by these new interventions, and pursuant to what theoretical framework? Utilizing a nationwide 2,000 participant survey sample that was developed and deployed by the author to evaluate socio-demographic differences within public support for recent public health law interventions, the Article engages recent interventions (from coercion to nudging) across food-diet, smoking, and youth sports TBI law domains, arguing that such interventions and their impacts are best understood through the lens of political-psychology. Particular attention is paid to race, gender, and ideological differences in public perception of public health law interventions and the role that such differences play in the transmission of legal norms and the adoption of such norms in sub-populations. To further explore the intersection of socio-demographic variables in the transmission and …

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Lawsuit Alleges PIAA Failed to Protect Students from Concussions

Professor Hosea Harvey is quoted in this article by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on a class action lawsuit filed against the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, which alleges that the governing body did little to protect youth athletes from or help them with concussions suffered while playing high school sports. Professor Harvey does not believe the suit will be successful. Read the full story. 

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The Four Stages of Youth Sports TBI Policymaking: Engagement, Enactment, Research, and Reform

This article advances, for the first time, a framework for situating public health law interventions as occurring in a predictable four-stage process. In this article, written in connection with our panel at the Public Health Law Research Conference (2014), we briefly apply this four-stage framework to youth sports TBI laws, and conclude that public health lawmaking in this area is consistent with prior high-visibility public health law interventions. Download the paper at SSRN.