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.

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.

How Attitude Towards Pregnancy Matters When Women Select Contraception

To broaden understanding and knowledge about how women make decisions about contraception, a group of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh explored the relationship between pregnancy attitude, as well as intention, and contraceptive use in a large, diverse population with low-cost access to a range of contraceptive options.

Study Suggests Medicaid Patients Value Physicians’ Recommendations Regarding Smoking Cessation

man smoking in vehicle

A new study finds that Medicaid patients who are smokers give better ratings to physicians and plans that offer more support and advice about cessation. The research suggests that both clinicians and Medicaid managed care plans can improve their efforts to motivate Medicaid patients to quit smoking.