Special issue of AAPI Nexus Journal launches today

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




Associate Center Director Ninez Ponce and Center Faculty Associate Marjorie Kagawa-Singer are guest editors of the AAPI Nexus Journal’s special issue on federally qualified health centers. The issue looks back on 50 years of federally qualified community health centers, their service to Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, and their value to the U.S. health care system.

Ponce and Kagawa-Singer will help launch the special issue during a reception tonight at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and Ponce will moderate a discussion about the findings. UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the Fielding School of Public Health, The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s and others are sponsors of the event.

View abstracts from the journal.

CHIS has role in new UC immigration research project

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

CHIS_LogoThe California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), which is conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Health Care Services, will be part of a research collaboration between five UC campuses that will help policymakers, non-governmental organizations and the public better understand and plan for immigrants, their integration into the state, and their impact on the educational system, workforce, public health, political environment, culture and more.

To better understand these issues and the immigrant experience overall, the project will collect new data and assess current policy practices. The collaboration with CHIS, a survey of 50,000 respondents which is administered in seven languages, will include new questions that focus on the integration of diverse groups over multiple immigrant generations.

The campuses involved are UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside and UC San Diego.

Read the complete UC press release here.

Is the ACA working? A qualified ‘yes,’ Kominski says

[ Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Is the Affordable Care Act working? Center Director Gerald Kominski answered with a qualified “yes” during a discussion with Anna Gorman, senior reporter with Kaiser Health News, at the 2015 California Health Journalism Fellows reception Sunday.

Kominski said that, like Medicare, the ACA was a compromise. While the law has resulted in many good steps — helping up to 18 million Americans so far afford or gain health coverage — it is unlikely to be enough to get the country to the ultimate goal of universal health access.

Kominski also discussed narrow networks, the remaining uninsured and King v. Burwell court case. If the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiff, Kominski said there would be “a political price paid for the 8 million people who will lose subsidies.”

Read the story.


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.



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