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.

Noted Public Health Researchers File Brief in Support of Kentucky Medicaid Work Challenge

Available on this website, the brief explains why 48 public health scholars are supporting a lawsuit challenging the Kentucky HEALTH work demonstration project.

New Report: 86,000 to 136,000 in Kentucky Will Lose Medicaid in the First Year Work Requirements Are Implemented

A new report published exclusively in GWHealthPolicyMatters provides the most up-to-date estimates of how many Kentuckians will lose Medicaid coverage within one year of implementation of the state’s work requirements.

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.