Center director testifies to LA County about ACA contingency planning

[ Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

kominskiLACBoS20170815Center Director Gerald Kominski testified Aug. 15 at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting in support of Mark Ridley-Thomas’s motion for contingency planning should federal funding for Affordable Care Act programs be repealed or cut. Watch Kominski at the board meeting here (under Agenda Item S-1 at 4:08:43 mark) or read his statement below:

“During the last 7 years I worked closely with the state and with Covered California to help document the impact of the A.C.A. here in California. Most recently, we’ve produced estimates of the remaining uninsured under the A.C.A. on a regional basis and at the county level. (more…)

Early factors that influence aging among topics at RCMAR workshop

[ Posted on August 15th, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

About 50 participants attended the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) workshop at the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics July 23 in San Francisco. RCMAR events included a workshop organized by Center Faculty Associates Janet Frank and Nina Harawa and Community Relations Manager Porsche McGinnis, and a symposium chaired by Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace,.

At the main IAGG conference, RCMAR affiliates presented more than 25 sessions on minority aging research, ranging from the biology of aging to dementia and social support in the Mexican-origin population to the role of gardens play in keeping aging residents of Detroit healthy.

RCMAR2017Photo, top left: Steven P. Wallace, RCMAR coordinating center director, and Janet Frank, RCMAR coordinating center director emeritus.

Photo, top right, left to right: Nina Harawa, Sharon Merkin, Elissa Epel, Lisbeth Nielsen, Teresa Seeman, Eric Loucks, Frances Champagne, Andrea Danese, Janet Frank.

Photo, bottom left: One of the working groups at round table discussions.

Photo, bottom right: Nina Harawa, RCMAR coordinating center c0-director, listens as NIA program officer, Lisbeth Nielsen speaks.


Community health centers partner for short- and long-term health

[ Posted on August 7th, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

Steven P. Wallace and Maria-Elena Young during Q&A

Partnerships that community health centers form with various groups can create efficiencies and new services that improve the local safety net, according to the July UCLA Center for Health Policy Research seminar.

The seminar was based on recent findings from the latest Center policy brief Partnership Strategies of Community Health Centers: Building Capacity in Good Times and Bad.

Community health centers (CHCs) are the main providers of health care to 25 million low-income and uninsured people in the U.S. in 2015, according National Association of Community Health Centers. Nearly half are covered by the government’s Medicaid program.

Maria-Elena Young, a graduate student researcher at the Center and the study’s lead author, outlined the keys to successful partnerships, and used examples of partnerships in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and New York to illustrate how combining forces strengthened health systems city-, county- and state-wide.

“It is really critical (for community health centers) to have allies at all levels of policy,” said Young. (more…)

Kominski weighs in on Senate health bill vote on CNN

[ Posted on August 1st, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

cnn_GFKcloseupOn July 27, the night the latest Senate health care bill was voted down, Center Director Gerald Kominski discussed on a CNN International broadcast the bill’s rocky path, whether the Affordable Care Act works, and if a universal health care bill is on the horizon.

Kominski was part of an expert panel that included Politico reporter David Siders, Democratic strategists Caroline Heldman and Mathew Littman, Republican consultant John Thomas, California Republican National Committee’s Shawn Steel and anchors John Vause and Isa Soares.

See video excerpt at

Some of Kominski’s comments from the broadcast:


Seminar recap: Americans’ sweet tooth needs to be pulled

[ Posted on June 5th, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
William McCarthy, Susan Babey, and an ad that overwhelms a drinking fountain at SEA-TAC Airport (photo by Leslie Mikkelson of Prevention Institute)

William McCarthy, Susan Babey presenting at the seminar on excess sugar consumption, and an ad at SEA-TAC Airport that illustrates their topic.
“Even the best water station has trouble competing with commercially marketed sugar,” said Babey. “Can you even see the water fountain?”
(Photo by Leslie Mikkelson of Prevention Institute)

Americans — especially adolescents and teens — consume far above the amount of calories in excess sugar than the recommended maximum and may be making themselves sick in the process, according to research presented at the Center’s Health Policy Seminar Series on May 31.

“There is an increasing amount of evidence linking consumption of excess sugar with poor health outcomes, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” said Susan Babey, co-director of the Center’s Chronic Disease Program. (more…)

Proposed budget cut biggest in EPA’s history, panelist says

[ Posted on April 25th, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
From left: Meng, Malloy, Jerrett, Zhu

From left: Ying-Ying Meng, Timothy Malloy, Michael Jerrett, Yifang Zhu

The Trump administration’s proposed 31 percent cut to the national EPA budget — and a 60 percent cut to California’s EPA Region 9 — would be the agency’s “biggest in history,” said panelist Michael Jerrett at the April 25 Grand Rounds lecture, “Environmentally Unhealthy? The Health and Environmental Implications of Proposed EPA Budget Cuts.”

Jerrett, chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, was a seminar panelist along with Ying-Ying Meng,  co-director of the Chronic Disease Program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and Timothy Malloy, professor at the UCLA School of Law and director of the UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program. (more…)

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