Leaders who advance “whole person” care – the integration of behavioral and physical patient health services — were honored Tuesday with 2016 E. Richard Brown Awards by the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) during its 20th Annual Conference in Sacramento. The four honorees were Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo Health System.
ITUP established the award in 2013 in honor of the late E. Richard “Rick” Brown, founder of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Brown was a renowned health policy advocate known for his tireless efforts to expand health coverage to millions of underserved Californians. (more…)
The safety-net health program Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California, turned 50th in July. Today, 12.7 million people – one-third of the state’s population – are covered by the program, according to a recent California Healthline Think Tank column.
In the column, Center Director Gerald Kominski and other experts predict what they think the program will look like by its 100th birthday.
Kominski said he hopes that by 2065, Medi-Cal will no longer exist “as we know it” and is replaced by a health system with a “better financing mechanism that delivers health access for all and equity in provider payments.”
Read the column.
The Health DATA program offers a series of Community Workshops that train participants of all skill levels how to search for health statistics on their county, region and statewide, using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) via the online, AskCHIS© webtool.
To learn more click here.
Jans leading Jan. 26 seminar
In the Center’s first seminar of the year, Matt Jans, California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) methodologist, discussed the cutting-edge work that CHIS has done in collaboration with UCLA’s Williams Institute to develop feasible ways to accurately measure gender identity.
Nearly 50 people attended the seminar in person and more than 130 participated online.
Almost no data exist on transgender Americans, a group that continues to face widespread discrimination and possible related adverse health consequences. Data collection on this marginalized group presents significant challenges to general population health surveys like the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). CHIS began experimenting with gender identity questions in 2014 and now includes them in the survey.
Watch the seminar here.
”Health and Well-Being of the Hidden Poor: How the Federal Poverty Level Overlooks Economically Insecure Older Californians”
How can California policymakers accurately assess economic need, especially for vulnerable seniors? In this Feb. 29 seminar, part of the Center’s ongoing Health Policy Seminar Series, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace will share the latest findings from the Elder Economic Security Standard Index™ (Elder Index), a cutting-edge poverty measure that takes into account the true cost of living in all 58 California counties.
Specifically, Wallace will use the Elder Index to examine the health status of economically insecure older Californians, especially for the so-called “hidden poor” – the estimated 750,000 California seniors who live in the income gap above the federal poverty level and below what it actually takes to have a decent standard of living. (more…)
Almost no data exist on transgender Americans, a group that continues to face widespread discrimination and possible related adverse health consequences.
Data collection on this marginalized group presents significant challenges to general population health surveys like the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).
In this January 26 seminar, part of the Center’s 2016 Health Policy Seminar Series, Matt Jans, CHIS survey methodologist, will discuss the cutting-edge work that CHIS has done in collaboration with UCLA’s Williams Institute to establish feasible ways to accurately measure gender identity. (more…)