As health care organizations seek to address unmet social needs of their patients to improve health care quality, equity, and health outcomes, medical-legal partnership offers a practical intervention to address social and environmental circumstances of patients that have a remedy in civil law. More than 300 health care organizations nationwide have adopted medical-legal partnerships in a wide variety of settings, including general hospitals and health systems, children’s hospitals, health centers, veteran’s health clinics, tribal health organizations, and others.
To Counter Pain and Opioid Use in Women, Commentary Recommends a Physical Activity Research Agenda
In a new commentary in the journal Women’s Health Issues, a group of researchers notes that as many as one-third of U.S. and Canadian women suffer from chronic pain, and commonly prescribed opioid treatments come with substantial risks. National health agencies recommend physical activity as a nonpharmacologic pain management strategy, but health professionals don’t yet have enough information about the type and intensity of exercise to recommend for specific groups of patients, or how best to make physical activity accessible to those who could use it to manage chronic pain.
A Case for Continuing to Fund Title X
“Title X family planning clinics play a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services website. HHS administers the program, which was created in the 1970s with bi-partisan supported and signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
Investigating How States’ Vaccination Exemption Laws Affect Vaccination Rates
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.
Video: Considering Health Equity from the Perspective of Occupational Health
David Michaels is keenly interested in the relationships between income, wealth, and equality with public health. Until a year ago, Michaels served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Now a member of the Milken Institute School of Public Health faculty, Michaels discusses the importance of workplace safety and the current state of public health in a new video.