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November 12th, 2010
Foundation grant will fund cell phone law study at Texas State

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Will banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in school zones reduce the incidence of injury and death enough to offset the cost of implementing and enforcing the unfunded mandate?

That is a question a Texas State University researcher will examine as she conducts a study funded by a recent $75,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s leading philanthropy in health and health care.

Tondra Moore, assistant professor in Texas State’s School of Health Administration, will conduct the two-year study under the auspices of the foundation’s New Connections and Public Health Law Research programs.

The New Connections program seeks early- to mid-career scholars who are historically underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities, first-generation college graduates and individuals from low-income communities. The Public Health Law Research program is a national effort to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions—whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies—to protect and improve population health and the public health system.

“I am extremely proud to be among the junior investigators honored with this prestigious grant,” said Moore. “This award will connect me to a network of established experts in research and evaluation related to health and health care, while providing me with an opportunity to evaluate a program that has far-reaching implications for Texas municipalities and cell phone related policies.”

Debra Pérez, RWJF senior program officer for the New Connections program, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Tondra Moore to a program that reflects the Foundation’s commitment to increasing the diversity in our grant making and in the broader fields of health research. More than a grant opportunity, New Connections serves as a lifelong professional network for diverse researchers and evaluators.”

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