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.

2016 E. Richard Brown Awards recognize groups that advance “whole person” care

[ Posted on February 10th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
E. Richard Brown


Leaders who advance “whole person” care – the integration of behavioral and physical patient health services — were honored Tuesday with 2016 E. Richard Brown Awards by the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) during its 20th Annual Conference in Sacramento. The four honorees were Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo Health System.

ITUP established the award in 2013 in honor of the late E. Richard “Rick” Brown, founder of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Brown was a renowned health policy advocate known for his tireless efforts to expand health coverage to millions of underserved Californians. (more…)

Medi-Cal in 2065? Kominski, others ponder its future

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


The safety-net health program Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal in California, turned 50th in July. Today, 12.7 million people – one-third of the state’s population – are covered by the program, according to a recent California Healthline Think Tank column.

In the column, Center Director Gerald Kominski and other experts predict what they think the program will look like by its 100th birthday.

Kominski said he hopes that by 2065, Medi-Cal will no longer exist “as we know it” and is replaced by a health system with a “better financing mechanism that delivers health access for all and equity in provider payments.”

Read the column.

New AskCHIS© and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition© training coming Spring 2016!

[ Posted on January 29th, 2016 by Bruce Han | No Comments » ]

The Health DATA program offers a series of Community Workshops that train participants of all skill levels how to search for health statistics on their county, region and statewide, using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) via the online, AskCHIS© webtool.

To learn more click here.

Miss the Jan. 26 “Putting the ‘T’ in Transgender” seminar? Watch it here

[ Posted on January 28th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
Dr. Matt Jans leading Jan. 26 seminar

Jans leading Jan. 26 seminar

In the Center’s first seminar of the year, Matt Jans, California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) methodologist, discussed the cutting-edge work that CHIS has done in collaboration with UCLA’s Williams Institute to develop feasible ways to accurately measure gender identity.

Nearly 50 people attended the seminar in person and more than 130 participated online.

Almost no data exist on transgender Americans, a group that continues to face widespread discrimination and possible related adverse health consequences. Data collection on this marginalized group presents significant challenges to general population health surveys like the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). CHIS began experimenting with gender identity questions in 2014 and now includes them in the survey.

Watch the seminar here.

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