Cal Wellness awards CHIS $775,000 in funding

[ Posted on April 4th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_LogoThe California Wellness Foundation announced March 30 it will give California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) $775,000 in funding over two years to support an oral health module, as well as the State of Health Insurance in California report, the HealthDATA training and assistance program, and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition©, the Center’s newest web query tool that gives community health groups, policymakers and others access to California health and demographic data at ZIP code, city, and legislative district levels.

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The award to CHIS is one of five grants totaling nearly $2.4 million that the California Wellness Foundation approved so far this year to advance health equity in the state.

The next largest grant, $600,000 over two years, goes to Advancement Project to support its Achieving Racial Equity Initiative, a multi-partner effort to define, measure, and advocate for racial equity in the state.  Advancement Project is one of the charter subscribers of the new AskCHIS NE application program interface (API), which gives subscribers on-demand access to the most current health information directly from AskCHIS NE.

See a list of the other grant recipients hereand read the California Wellness Foundation press release here.

Full Medi-Cal coverage for undocumented children in May

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

medi-calCiting Center data, California Healthline’s Emily Bazar reports low-income children — including as many as 250,000 undocumented children —  qualify for full health coverage through Medi-Cal starting May 16.

The story says health advocates recommend that families sign up  undocumented children under the age of 19 as early as possible for partial coverage, which will automatically convert to full coverage. They also recommend getting free help from local health clinics and community groups to fill out the “long and complicated” application, according to the story.

Read the California Healthline story for more information on household salary limits, premium costs, enrollment resources, and strategies.

Today: “On the Road to Diabetes? A Look at High Prediabetes Rates in California”

[ Posted on March 2nd, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Nearly ten percent of the adult population in California has diabetes but how many more have conditions that presage the onset of diabetes? How can the path towards diabetes be reversed? And what is the likely effect of the population with prediabetes on the future of California’s health and budget?

In today’s seminar, Susan H. Babey, co-director of the Center’s Chronic Disease Program, will discuss findings from an upcoming study on the prevalence of prediabetes in California. She will also talk about what policymakers and health advocates can do to try to help prevent the progression from prediabetes to diabetes.

Join us via live-streaming webinar here:

What: ”On the Road to Diabetes? A Look at High Prediabetes Rates in California”
Who: Susan H. Babey, Co-Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Chronic Disease Program
​When: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: Noon –​
Where: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research,
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550 Los Angeles, Calif. 90024 [Map]

Today! Seminar on the ‘Hidden Poor’

[ Posted on February 26th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

”Health and Well-Being of the Hidden Poor: How the Federal Poverty Level Overlooks Economically Insecure Older Californians” 



How can California policymakers accurately assess economic need, especially for vulnerable seniors? In today’s seminar, part of the Center’s ongoing Health Policy Seminar Series, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace will share the latest findings from the Elder Economic Security Standard Index™ (Elder Index), a cutting-edge poverty measure that takes into account the true cost of living in all 58 California counties.

Specifically, Wallace will use the Elder Index to examine the health status of economically insecure older Californians, especially for the so-called “hidden poor” – the estimated 750,000 California seniors who live in the income gap above the federal poverty level and below what it actually takes to have a decent standard of living. (more…)

Tonight’s seminar: The high cost of cancer therapy

[ Posted on February 24th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

FPHforumAn aging population, expensive new specialty drugs, and the availability of improved diagnostic testing have helped drive up the cost of cancer therapies — Are the high-priced treatments worth the investment?

Health experts from the National Pharmaceutical Council, USC, Anthem and Amgen will discuss the issue tonight at the free UCLA Fielding School Health Forum.

RSVP for the event and find more information here, or watch the live-streamed seminar at 6:30 p.m.

Steven P. Wallace receives 2016 Pearmain Prize

[ Posted on February 16th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
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Steven P. Wallace (right) and William A. Vega, Executive Director of the USC Roybal Institute. Photo by Sarah Golonka/smg photography.

USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging tonight awarded Steven P. Wallace, Associate Center Director, the 2016 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging at the 2016 Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Richard H. Carmona, U.S. Surgeon General from 2002-2006, gave the 2016 Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture.

The Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging “honors a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the field of translational aging research and its import to issues directly relating to older people,” according to the USC Roybal Institute website.

Jennifer L. Spalding of AltaMed Health Services was honored with the 2016 USC Roybal Institute Community Partnership Award.

More information on the lecture here.

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