CDC’s 2017 campaign shows effects of secondhand smoke

[ Posted on January 12th, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
CDC’s 2017 campaign shows effects of secondhand smoke

Two years ago, exposure to secondhand smoke at work triggered a life-threatening asthma attack that left 16-year-old Jamason hospitalized for four days.

“I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know why I wasn’t able to breathe,” said Jamason, now 18. “I didn’t know anything. I just knew that I couldn’t breathe.”

His story is one of many highlighted in the Tips From Former Smokers™ Campaign.

This week the national advertising campaign, launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012, returns to print and digital publications in major media markets.  Instead of using actors, the stark ads show some of the 16 million Americans living with stomas, lung cancer, amputations, and other serious health conditions that result from smoking or exposure to smoke. In addition to personal stories, the ads direct viewers to free resources to help them quit smoking. (more…)

Jan. 12 legislative briefing in Sacramento: “Breaking the Barriers to Breast Cancer Care: Exploring Policy Options”

[ Posted on January 5th, 2017 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

One in eight women in the country will develop breast cancer. Yet from narrow provider networks to cultural and linguistic obstacles, serious barriers exist for women seeking breast cancer treatment in California.

At this Jan. 12 public legislative briefing in Sacramento, co-sponsored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus, researchers from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research will present findings from a new statewide study on obstacles to breast cancer care.

Please join us to learn how we can tear down the barriers to high-quality breast cancer care in California.

What: “Breaking the Barriers to Breast Cancer Care: Exploring policy options”​
Speakers:​ Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), Ninez Ponce, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Associate Director; Sarah de Guia, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) Executive Director; A.J. Scheitler, study co-author, UCLA Center for Health Policy
Date: ​Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Time:​ 12:30 p.m. registration; ​1-2 p.m. briefing
Location:​ ​Room 4203, State Capitol Building, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento 95814 [map]

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UCLA Center for Cancer Prevention & Control Research partnered on the study, funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

For more information, contact A.J. Scheitler at

Kominski at UCLA Anderson Forecast: Trump ACA replacement plan still unclear; expect “repeal and delay”

[ Posted on December 9th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

Panelists, from left to right: David Shulman, Gerald F. Kominski, Kal Raustiala, Jeffrey B. Lewis, Sebastian Edwards. Photo courtesy of UCLA Anderson School of Management

Center Director Gerald Kominski spoke about the possible effects the incoming Trump administration’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act could have on the U.S. health care system at the UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast: “What Do Trumponomics Really Mean for the U.S., California and L.A.?” The Dec. 6 event was hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and addressed the overall impact the new administration could have on the nation’s economy.

Kominski suggested that a “repeal and delay” strategy would be used, which would give  Congress two or so years to come up an alternative plan. He said the biggest question is: What does the replacement plan look like?

Kominski said 20 million more Americans gained health insurance after the ACA was enacted. “The program is an overwhelming success with regard to its primary goal.”

Read a full story about the economic forecast at the UCLA Anderson blog.

Majority of LA rental units remain unprotected from secondhand smoke despite HUD ruling

[ Posted on December 1st, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

smokefreelogoRenters living in approximately 780,000 privately owned rental units remain unprotected from secondhand smoke in the city of Los Angeles, despite the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement that public housing developments in the U.S. will be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents.

“This is terrific news,” said Peggy Toy, director of UCLA-Smokefree Air For Everyone (UCLA-SAFE). “But in the city of Los Angeles, public housing is only a small share of the housing stock. We need to make sure all residents in the rest of the city’s multi-unit rentals also have protection from secondhand smoke.” (more…)

After the election, Center researchers provide expert commentary to media on the possible future of the ACA

[ Posted on November 20th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

lat_20161119_kominski_opedImmediately after the November 8 election results, dozens of reporters began contacting Center experts with questions about what America could expect if President-elect Trump makes good on his vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act: Should people re-enroll in health exchanges for 2017? Could California keep its own health exchange even if the federal exchange was repealed? What could the “replacement” plan involve?

Director Gerald Kominski, Associate Director Steven P. Wallace, Director of Research Nadereh Pourat, and Faculty Associate Shana Alex Charles were cited in dozens of “future of the ACA” stories in the Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, KCRW, CNBC, California Matters, and many more.

A sampling of stories: (more…)

Goal in So. LA: Get older adults to use preventive services

[ Posted on October 5th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

african senior patient with female nurseMany older African-Americans and other ethnic and racial minorities go without flu shots, cancer screenings and other preventive health tests for a variety of reasons, from lack of access to those services to a strong belief that some of them could be harmful, said Peggy Toy, project director of the Center’s Healthy Aging Partnerships in Preventative Initiative (HAPPI).

In South Los Angeles, where residents have a higher risk for chronic diseases and could benefit from early care, the Center recently awarded eight community groups $140,000 to fund pilot projects designed to increase use of six kinds of preventive clinical services among residents 50 and older.

“Our goal is to connect at least 300 older residents to preventive services and to spread awareness about the importance of preventive services to many more,” said Toy.

Read the full press release about the awards.

Read a related interview with Peggy Toy.

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