Thursday: How well did California do? Reviewing a decade in the health of young children in California

[ Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


As part of the Center’s ongoing Health Policy Seminar SeriesDavid Grant, director of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), will discuss findings from a new Center report that reviews 10 years of data on the health of young children. Topics include health insurance coverage, preschool attendance, obesity, how often parents read to their child, and more.

The data span 2003 to 2012, a period in which public health efforts for children focused on childhood obesity and improved nutrition, access to low-cost and free dental services, and the expansion of children’s health insurance programs. How well did California do?


Who:  David Grant, director of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)
What: “Ten-Year Trends in the Health of Young Children in California: 2003 to 2012″
When: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time:  Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: 10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550, Los Angeles, 90024 [Map]

Join us in person or via live-streaming webinar here.
A light lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.

11.4 million California adults have a chronic condition

[ Posted on May 5th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

chronic_almanacForty percent of the state’s adults suffer from at least one chronic condition, according to a new California HealthCare Foundation report, “Californians with the Top Chronic Conditions: 11 Million and Counting.”

The report used 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data to study five major chronic diseases — asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and serious psychological distress. The most common is high blood pressure, which affects 1 in 4 adult Californians – 7.6 million people.

The report found that chronic disease increases with age – 70 percent of seniors in the state had a chronic disease, compared to 26 percent of those 18 to 39; people with chronic disease were delaying care; the proportion of people with chronic disease varied by region; and poor Californians had a higher prevalence of chronic disease than wealthier residents.

Read the report.

“Dr. Brown” scholars named at Keeneland Conference

[ Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

E. Richard BrownThree researchers – Rose Hardy, Shivani Murthy and Karmen Williams – were named 2015  “Dr. Rick Brown Scholars” during the Keeneland Conference on Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) this week. Awardees were selected based on the significance and innovation of their PHSSR research interests and their potential as emerging scientific leaders in the field.

The Dr. Rick Brown Keeneland Conference Scholarships, named in honor of late UCLA Center for Health Policy Researcher founder, E. Richard “Rick” Brown, are open to predoctoral and early-career postdoctoral researchers from racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups who are underrepresented in the health and social sciences. The scholarships are funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Congratulations to Rose, Shivani and Karmen.

Today’s seminar: The Healthiest (and Unhealthiest) Places To Be An Undocumented Immigrant, by State Policy”

[ Posted on April 16th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
Today, the Center released a joint report examining national policies  that impact health and ranks states with the most (and fewest) public policies and laws that foster the health and welfare of undocumented immigrants.Steven Wallace 2013

In today’s related seminar, second in the Center’s 2015 Health Policy Seminar Series, co-authors Steven P. Wallace, Michael A. Rodriguez and Maria-Elena Young will discuss the report’s findings. The report was produced in collaboration with the UC Global Health Institute.

What: “The Healthiest (and Most Unhealthy) Places to Be an Undocumented Immigrant: A Review of State Health Policies”


undocumented_statepoliciesWhen: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time:   Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: 10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550, Los Angeles, 90024 [Map]

Live-streaming login here.

A light lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.

Updated! Income inequality and access to genomic testing

[ Posted on April 6th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


At an April 7 forum in Washington D.C. organized by the journal Health Affairs, Associate Center Director Ninez Ponce will describe how socio-economic forces are restricting access to a cutting-edge genomic test for breast cancer patients, potentially increasing the disparity in health outcomes between the wealthy and the poor.

Ponce’s discussion will be based on her Health Affairs journal article, published today, which found that wealthier women who live in communities with the greatest income divide between rich and poor had better access to a new genetic test that can determine the most effective form of treatment for early-stage breast cancer.  The study also indicated that only a small minority of women with breast cancer received the test at all.

The forum, taking place at the at the National Press Club, features authors published in Health Affairs’ April issue, “The Cost and Quality of Cancer Care.” Read Ponce’s article “Early Diffusion of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer Patients Associated with Areas of High Income Inequality.”

Read a press release about the journal article here.

Register for the April 7 event in Washington D.C. here.

What: “Early Diffusion of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer Patients Associated with Areas of High Income Inequality”

Who:  Ninez Ponce, associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Time:  9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. EDT

Where:  National Press Club. 529 14th Street NW — 13th Floor,  Washington, DC

Follow live Tweets from the briefing @Health_Affairs.


Noon seminar today! Nadereh Pourat on “Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA/DAPA: Who Are They?”

[ Posted on March 30th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


In this first of the Center’s 2015 Health Policy Seminar Series, Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, will discuss the findings of a study released March 26 on the health insurance status and characteristics (including age, income level and work status) of eligible California immigrants.

Pourat will also examine the potential effect on immigrants’ income and access to health insurance as well as the impact on Medi-Cal.

What: “Undocumented Immigrants Eligible for DACA/DAPA: Who Are They?”
Who: Nadereh Pourat, director of research and of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
When: Tuesday,   March 31, 2015
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Where: 10960 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (map)

Attend in person or join us by live-streaming webinar from noon to 1 p.m.

A light lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.


In case you missed it: The Los Angeles Times reported on the joint study in a recent article entitled “Medi-Cal rolls could swell under Obama’s deportation relief plan” (March 26, 2015).  The study’s co-author, Nadereh Pourat, noted in the story that although many undocumented could qualify for coverage, fewer will sign up than are eligible, in part due to ongoing fears of deportation.

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