Report Details Crucial Role Nurses Can Play in Addressing Unmet Health Needs of the 21st Century

A medical team including nurses planning

Nurses today have the potential to help transform the health care system to tackle growing health problems that are deeply rooted in social and economic conditions, issues not adequately addressed by the current highly centralized, medicalized system of providing health care.

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.

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.

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.