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.
||“Breaking the Barriers to Breast Cancer Care: Exploring policy options”
||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
||Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
||12:30 p.m. registration; 1-2 p.m. briefing
||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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Renters 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…)
Immediately 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…)
Many 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.
Los Angeles is home to about 200,000 ‘hidden poor’ elders who aren’t poor according to national poverty standards, but still can’t afford to make ends meet, said Steven P. Wallace, associate director at UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, on the KCRW series “Going Gray in LA.”
Wallace said about half of the state’s older ethnic and racial minorities currently live below the Elder Index, which measures the actual cost of food, housing, transportation, health care and other expenses by region.
And who are the state’s future ‘hidden poor”? One “prospective” group: retiring, middle-class people who currently can make ends meet but may struggle once they retire. He said the average life expectancy is 80, which means someone who retires at 65 needs a nest egg big enough to fund 15 more years. At least.
“But God forbid they continue living longer. And we’re living longer every year, so when they reach 90 and have no money and no pension, they’ll be in this hidden poor group as well,” Wallace said.
Read the full story. Read about the Elder Index poverty measure.