Wallace discusses the Elder Index in Bay Area

[ Posted on June 13th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Steve Wallace, associate Center director, will speak today at the East Bay Foundation on Aging in San Francisco about how public programs and policy analysis continue to use an outdated measure of poverty, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which he says underestimates the economic needs of vulnerable seniors.

Read about an alternative to the FPL, the Elder Index.

Health and minimum wage in California

[ Posted on June 12th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_Logo_80pxAccording to a ScienceBlogs article, a study that cited California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data said that raising the state’s minimum wage to $13 would prevent an estimated 389 premature deaths of low-income Californians a year.

Human Impact Partners and the Health Officers Association of California released the study Health Impacts of Raising California’s Minimum Wage in May regarding proposed legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2017.

Read the article.

Healthy Communities Data Summit today on UCLA campus

[ Posted on June 11th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Steven P. Wallace



The Center’s David Grant will speak about the AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition and Associate Center Director Steve Wallace will lead a lunch discussion “Dispelling the Medical Myth of Immigrant Health” today at the Healthy Communities Data Summit. The summit showcases technologies, programs and data that are changing health at a local level now and promotes ways to improve community health in the future. See the agenda.

Online workshop today: Accessing LGB data through AskCHIS

[ Posted on June 10th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Join Kate Burch, network director of the California LGBT Health and Human Services Network, and the Center’s Ashley Parks  from 10 a.m. to noon today in an entry-level, online workshop on how to access and use lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) health data. Participants will use AskCHIS, the online reporting tool of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).

 Parks, AskCHIS Community Workshops project manager, will show how to work with CHIS data variables, modify estimates, and export tables and graphs for use in reports, funding proposals and presentations.

Register for the online workshop.

Basic health price information = lower health costs

[ Posted on June 9th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


A column in the Sacramento Bee about Assembly Bill 1558 – a state measure that would help make the price of health care services and procedures more transparent — cites Center Director Gerald Kominski: “Price transparency is the missing piece” in lowering health care costs.

Read the column.

Kominski, Center researchers at AcademyHealth 2014

[ Posted on June 6th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Center Director Gerald Kominski will participate in AcademyHealth’s Advocacy Interest Group’s inagural meeting on Saturday, June 7, just one of numerous Center panels, presentations and posters at the prestigious annual gathering of health services researchers.

In total, 15 Center researchers will lead or participate in 14 session panels and present an additional 4 posters. Health equity, community health centers, community wellness programs and innovative research methods are just a few of the topics that they will discuss in presentations.

See a full schedule of events for the Center at AcademyHealth 2014 in San Diego.

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