Older Adult Falls Are Costly But Not Inevitable, According to a Health Affairs Blog by GW Researchers

Each year, an estimated 29 million adults aged 65 and older fall, and a recent study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2015 alone older adults’ falls cost $50 billion.  In a recent blog in Health Affairs, GW researchers offer policy and practice recommendations for scaling up utilization of falls prevention interventions and risk assessments.

Op-Ed in the Washington Post on How the District of Columbia Can Help Improve the Health of Residents of the City’s Wards 7 and 8

The decision to close the District of Columbia’s United Medical Center, a public hospital, last December left residents in the city’s disadvantaged Wards 7 and 8 without a readily accessible hospital for the delivery of newborns.  Since then, D.C. government officials have been contemplating building a new public hospital. 

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.       

Presentation on Hospitals’ Role in Improving Community Health

Hospitals can play a key role in improving community health, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health Researcher Maureen Byrnes told attendees at the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics Conference recently held at American University.