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.  

Publication Reviews Literature on Accountable Communities for Health

A National Academy of Medicine discussion paper identifies a common set of principles driving the growing number of initiatives promoting Accountable Communities for Health to improve population and community health. 

New Report Outlines Strategy for the Trump Administration to Expand the Role of Tax-Exempt Hospitals in Community Health Improvement

Acting under existing legislative authority and without new funding, the new Administration can give hospitals greater flexibility over tax-exempt spending while strengthening their role in building healthy communities.