Investigating How States’ Vaccination Exemption Laws Affect Vaccination Rates

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Childhood vaccines play a major role in minimizing the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease. While all states accommodate medical vaccine exemptions, certain states also allow for waivers on the basis of religious or philosophical objections. Certain vaccines have been particularly controversial, with public perceptions linking them to autism and developmental disorders, despite consensus to the contrary in the scientific and medical communities.  This has led some states to add exemptions in recent years, while other states opted to eliminate the exemptions.       

Predicting Impact of Medicaid Program Changes on Health Centers and Investigating Disparities in Cancer Screening

Community health centers have been providing crucial health care services to low-income Americans for more than 50 years.  Health centers now have more than 10,000 sites in rural and underserved communities in U.S. states and territories.  However, proposed changes to the federal Medicaid program may impact the centers’ ability to continue to serve close to 26 million people who turn to them for health care.

CRS Report Lists Policy Options for Increasing Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently published a short “insight” report, Policy Options to Increase Physician Training Education in Proper Opioid Prescribing.  It responds to the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis to mandate "medical education and prescriber education initiatives in proper opioid prescribing and risks of developing an SUD [Substance Use Disorder]."

Video: Considering Health Equity from the Perspective of Occupational Health

David Michaels is keenly interested in the relationships between income, wealth, and equality with public health.  Until a year ago, Michaels served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.  Now a member of the Milken Institute School of Public Health faculty, Michaels discusses the importance of workplace safety and the current state of public health in a new video.

Study Shows Gender Differences in the Use of Parks in High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Study in the journal Women’s Health Issues suggests addressing safety concerns might get more women to use public parks