A Safer Way To Legalize Marijuana

Policy makers in favor of legalization should seize the opportunity to design a new market that permits recreational sale of marijuana only in edible or vaporized form, to minimize the disease burden associated with tobacco.

September 8, 2017

Why Medicaid Is The Platform Best Suited For Addressing Both Health Care And Social Needs

Medicaid could provide a common entry point that links individuals and families not just to health care services, but also to social services that affect their health.

September 7, 2017

Making Smoking Cessation Work For People With Mental Illnesses And Other Vulnerable Populations

Smoking rates remain high among the most vulnerable populations, such as people with mental illnesses or substance use disorders, necessitating policies and strategies targeted specifically at them, as well as support for tobacco control at the federal, state, and local levels.

August 23, 2017

Did Medicaid Expansion Cause The Opioid Epidemic? There’s Little Evidence That It Did.

While public policy may have played a role in our current prescription abuse crisis, there is little evidence to support the idea that Medicaid caused or worsened the epidemic.

August 23, 2017

Funding For Local Public Health: A Renewed Path For Critical Infrastructure

Public health is the natural and historic bridge between the health care system and the community. But the sad truth is, like other parts of our nation’s infrastructure, it has been chronically underfunded.

August 22, 2017

The Opioid Commission: Ringing The Right Alarm To Respond To The Overdose Epidemic

The Opioid Commission’s interim report emphasizes increasing access to evidence-based care for each of the 2.4 million Americans estimated to be affected with opioid use disorder.

August 21, 2017

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Is The Latest Front In The War On Science

While first appearing to be just another skirmish in the culture wars, ending the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention program fits within the Administration’s larger efforts to devalue science, data, and evidence.

August 18, 2017

The ‘Tanning Tax’ Is A Public Health Success Story

A CDC report found that the number of high school students who reported having artificially tanned has decreased by more than half since the enactment of the ACA, from 15.6 percent in 2009 to 7.3 percent in 2015.

August 15, 2017

Making America Healthy Again: Analyzing Trump’s Take On The Social Determinants Of Health

President Trump’s budget, perhaps the best indication we have of his administration’s priorities, unfortunately appears to show little interest in addressing the social determinants.

August 11, 2017

Contaminated Childhood: The Chronic Lead Poisoning of Low-Income Children and Communities of Color in the United States

The end of the lead poisoning epidemic requires addressing its underlying causes, such as housing quality, poverty, racial inequity, and environmental injustice.

August 8, 2017