Suggestions for How to Improve Oversight of Vaccine Medical Exemptions

A Viewpoint published today in JAMA Pediatrics discusses concerns about exploitable loopholes in state vaccination exemption policies. In it, Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH of the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Nursing describes a recent high profile case in California. He and his coauthor, Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH of the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health outline more prevention-focused options for structuring and regulating medical and nonmedical vaccination exemption requests.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Researchers Urge Withdrawal of Public Charge Rule

The 26 public health, medicine, nursing and public policy scholars and practitioners from the George Washington University submitted an official comment to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen. “It is contrary to our sense of justice and civil rights that the proposed regulation would sanction lawfully admitted immigrants for lawfully using public benefits,” the GW scholars say.

Ensuring the Stability and Continued Growth of Community Health Centers Should Be a Health Reform Priority, Sara Rosenbaum Argues

Professor Sara Rosenbaum In a commentary posted on Take Care, a major blog site that caters to the congressional and legal communities, Sara Rosenbaum explained why ensuring that nearly 1,400 community health centers don’t go “over the cliff” and lose 71 percent of their grant funding should be one of the health reform priorities in the upcoming Congress.

An Argument in Favor of Influenza Vaccine Mandates for Young Children

Young girl getting an immunization

In a Viewpoint published in JAMA Pediatrics, Y. Tony Yang, ScD, LLM, MPH makes a case for the value of influenza vaccine mandates for children between six months and five years of age, such as the one now in force in New York City (NYC) for children in city-regulated childcare and educational institutions.

Proposed Public Charge Rule Likely to Have a Significant Impact on Community Health Centers

The analysis into how the rule could affect care at community health centers includes state-by-state estimates.