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.

Health Data Workshop June 26 (Fresno): Power up your program planning using AskCHIS

[ Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]
 Looking for health data for Fresno? Community members, students, and other interested professionals can receive health statistics through AskCHIS the free, easy online tool to search for data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). On June 26, AskCHIS workshop trainer Ashley Parks will demonstrate a broad use of CHIS and will help participants understand how to find, analyze, and export the data. Additionally participants will learn how to work with multiple CHIS variables, generate bivariate tables and export data tables and graphs. A guest presentation will be provided by May Aydin, Research and Survey Support Manager, who will provide an in-depth look into using CHIS as a data tool and will provide examples to demonstrate the impact of the data in research, policy and planning. (more…)

Elder Index article in Federal Reserve Bank publication

[ Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston published an article today by graduate student researcher Imelda Padilla-Frausto and Associate Center Director Steven Wallace about the true economic needs of grandparents raising grandchildren, using Elder Index calculations.

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Today: 2014 Samuel Tibbitts Distinguished Lecture

[ Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

jean_slutsky_150pxJean R. Slutsky, Chief Engagement and Dissemination Officer at Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), will give the 2014 Samuel Tibbitts Distinguished Lecture today at 11 a.m. in the UCLA Neuroscience Research building auditorium.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit agency that conducts research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions.

The Tibbitts Lecture is presented by the Department of Health Policy and Management within the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and by the UCLA Center for Health Policy and Research and is funded from the proceeds of Center Director Gerald Kominski’s seminal health text book, “Changing the U.S Healthcare System,” currently in its fourth edition.

What: The 2014 Samuel Tibbitts Distinguished Lecture
When: Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Where: UCLA Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium
635 Charles E Young Dr S.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Read the press release.

Forum: “Global Health: Meeting the Greatest Challenges”

[ Posted on May 28th, 2014 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Join Ninez Ponce, associate director of the Center and incoming director of the Center for Global and Immigrant Health at the UCLA Fielding School for Public Health, for a panel discussion “Global Health: Meeting the Greatest Challenges” tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

In this health forum, our panelists will discuss several crucial and interrelated global health challenges: barriers to immigration reform; the impact of chronic illness worldwide; and strategies for funneling passion and worldwide commitment towards improving reproductive health, diet, tobacco use, and planetary health.

Other panelists include Stefano Bertozzi, MD, PhD, Dean and Professor of Health Policy and Management, UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Thomas Coates, PhD; Director, UCLA Center for World Health and UCLA Program in Global Health; Professor, Global AIDS Research, UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases.

Jody Heymann, MD, PhD; Dean, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health will be moderator.

When: Wednesday, May 28, 6:00-8:00pm
6:00-6:30pm: Coffee and Reception
6:30-7:15pm: Panel Presentations
7:15-8:00pm: Question and Answer Session

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

Register for the forum here.

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