State Policies Linked to Uptake of HPV Vaccine
State policies play a significant role in the usage of vaccinations to prevent human papilloma virus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Wayne Psek, MD, PhD, of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health served as an author on a study that identified a combination of state policies that are associated with high uptake of the vaccine in children, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends beginning when they are 11 or 12 years old.
How Pay for Success May Work with Medicaid to Promote Public Health
New research provides insights into how the innovative “Pay for Success” (PFS) financing model could be used in interventions aimed at Medicaid populations. The analysis, one of the first investigations into the potential of PFS for Medicaid recipients, suggests that the approach could help fund the implementation of evidence-based childhood asthma interventions that help avoid emergency department visits—if legal and regulatory barriers can be overcome.
Blog: Terminating the DACA Program Would Harm Health and the States
Stymied by years of Congressional gridlock concerning immigration reform, in 2014 President Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to provide temporary legal status to children and young adults who came to the U.S.
Support for Community Health Center Funding
The U.S. Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act early last Friday morning to extend funding for community health centers for two more years, ending months of uncertainty for the nation’s nearly 10,000 clinic sites, which served 26 million people in 2016. The bill also provides funding for the National Health Service Corps and for Teaching Health Centers and extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next decade.