On the move at Active Living Research conference

[ Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

susanbabey2011Sue Babey, senior research scientist at the Center, gave a presentation on adolescent physical activity at the Active Living Research (ALR) conference in San Diego this week and found organizers “practice what they preach,” working in physical activity breaks –  walking, running, volleyball — for conference participants.

Babey’s presentation was titled “Adolescent Physical Activity: Role of School Support, Role Models and Social Participation in Racial and Income Disparities.”


Feb. 25 lecture: “Immigrant Health: Meeting the Needs”

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


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Ninez Ponce, Director of the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (the Center), will moderate a discussion on how linguistic, socio-economic and environmental barriers keep immigrants from accessing quality health care at a UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The panel will discuss extending coverage to the nation’s approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants, the growth of Latinos in states with limited insurance expansion, demands on public and private systems of care, and increasing the number of Latino physicians while also increasing the direct patient care
responsibility of non-physician Latino health care workers.

Panelists  include: Steven P. Wallace, Professor and Chair of Community Health Sciences at FSPH and Associate Center Director;  Michael A. Rodriguez, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Founding Director of the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health and Center Faculty Associate; and Yvonne Mariajimenez, Esq., Deputy Director of Neighborhood Legal Services, Los Angeles County.

RSVP here to attend in person at 6 p.m. To attend online, click here. Note that the live-streamed, online program starts at 6:30 p.m. PST.

What: “Immigrant Health: Meeting the Needs”

When: Wednesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m. PST
6-6:30 p.m.: Coffee and Reception
6:30-7:15 p.m.: Panel Presentations
7:15-8 p.m.: Question and Answer Session

Where: Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, UCLA
635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles

Under one roof: integrating primary and mental health care services

[ Posted on February 17th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Primary care doctors and mental health professionals who work in the same location can better care for their shared patients, said Nadereh Pourat, director of the Health Economics and Evaluation Research program at the Center,  in a California Healthline story.  The story is based on a recent study Pourat wrote about integrating the two branches of care.

Pourat was also interviewed about her study in Patients and Providers.

“We wanted to provide sort of a road map for different providers,” Pourat said in the California Healthline article. The goal is to change the way mental health referrals are made and how providers follow-up on those referrals, Pourat said.

“As a primary care provider, you need to know if (patients are) taking anti-depressants, for instance. If you have no contact, you’re not providing the best care.”

Read the stories in California Healthline or Payers and Providers.



The smokiest districts in the Golden State

[ Posted on February 10th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_LogoCiting California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data on smoking, A Sacramento Bee editorial  finds that Bakersfield Assembly District 34, where 19.5 percent of adults light up, is the smokiest district in the state.

Following Bakersfield are Rancho Cordova Assembly District 8 (18.3 percent) Nubieber Assembly District  1 (18.2 percent), Yuba City Assembly District 3 (18 percent), Sacramento Assembly District 7 (17.7 percent).

Nationwide, 19 percent of adults smoke, significantly higher than the California average of about 12.5 percent, the story reports.

Read the editorial.

Rocky start, but Cal MediConnect has “potential”

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


Cal MediConnect, a new managed care health program for vulnerable disabled and senior Californians, had a rocky start and low enrollment last year, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Center’s Kathryn Kietzman, who interviewed potential participants in the program and published the results, said changes in how health care is managed through the new program are “potentially a big deal nationally if they can get it right.”

Read the story.

Congressional Budget Office figure on ACA cost explained

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

kominski_midpoint20140128Center Director Gerald Kominski recently discussed the math behind the $50,000 figure the Congressional Budget Office reported it cost to cover an uninsured person under the Affordable Care Act: the figure is for 10 years of coverage, not one year.

So, the cost per year is about $5,000, said Kominski in an interview on NewsmaxTV’s MidPoint program.

In comparison, the average health premium for single coverage was $6,025 in 2014, according to the Kaiser Employer Health Benefits Survey.

Kominski also talked about why the current costs for the program are 10 to 20 percent lower than the original 2010 estimates.

Watch the interview.

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