Publication Details How Medical-Legal Partnerships Can Promote Public Health and Health Justice

Medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) are a powerful tool for promoting public health and health justice that can both improve low-income families’ health and effect policy change at the institutional and community levels, according to an article published in Public Health Reports.

Applicants Flock to New Health Policy PhD Program

The program is the first focused solely on health policy at the only school of public health in Washington, DC.

Number of U.S. Alcohol-exposed Pregnancies and Births May Be Substantially Lower Than Previously Estimated

Pregnant woman wrestling with whether to take a drink

Approximately 731,000 women in the U.S. are at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies each month, according to a new estimate published by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco. Although this number still indicates cause for concern, the new estimate is much lower than the estimate of 3.3 million released in 2016 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Investigating How Cases Where State Laws That Preempt Local Tobacco Laws Impact Adolescent Health

Teen boys smoking.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the end of last year 32 U.S. states had laws that preempted more stringent control of tobacco at the local level. A researcher at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health has received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policy for Action program to study the impacts of those preemption laws on adolescent health and health disparities.

Study Details Improvements and Needs in Obesity Prevention and Treatment Coverage

Over the past decade, many state programs began covering nutrition counseling The analysis of Medicaid and state employee health insurance plans shows major increases in coverage between 2009 and 2017, but also highlights treatment gaps.