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

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

Kominski

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.

January 26 seminar: “Putting the ‘T’ in LGBT Health:  How to Measure Gender Identity in a Large Health Survey”

[ Posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
Jans

Jans

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).

In this January 26 seminar, part of the Center’s 2016 Health Policy Seminar Series, Matt Jans, CHIS survey methodologist, will discuss the cutting-edge work that CHIS has done in collaboration with UCLA’s Williams Institute to establish feasible ways to accurately measure gender identity. (more…)

Center grad student researcher focuses on mental health

[ Posted on January 19th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
Padilla-Frausto

Padilla-Frausto

D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, a graduate student researcher at the Center, discusses in the latest issue of UCLA Public Health magazine how her attempts to help a family member find mental health treatment as a teenager influenced her career path.

“I will never forget what it was like, in the beginning, to be part of my family’s struggle – not understanding mental illness or what mental health services were, and not having any place to speak about it,” said Padilla-Frausto in the Public Health story.

She focuses her research on mental health care access and disparities, with an emphasis on Latinos.

Padilla-Frausto analyzed California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data in a 2014 study and found one-fourth of the state’s 300,000 children ages 4-11 with mental health needs were (more…)

Seminar today: Nadereh Pourat on “Bridging the Gap”

[ Posted on January 6th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
Pourat

Pourat

 

“Bridging the Gap:

Bringing Together Rigorous Research and Sound Policy”

Nadereh Pourat, PhD 

Director of Research and Director of Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry

What: Division of GIM-HSR Friday Noon Seminar Series 

When: Friday, January 8, noon-1 p.m.

Where: Broxton Plaza, 911 Broxton Avenue, 2nd Floor Conference Room (lunch served)

To join online via live streaming webinar with audio:

Uclahealth.webex.com

(Meeting Number: 802702422 - Meeting Password: uclagim)

Attendance for this event is eligible for CME credit.  Emiley Chang, M.D., M.P.H. (Fellow Coordinator, EmileyChang@mednet.ucla.edu); Katherine Kahn, M.D. (Faculty Coordinator, kkahn@mednet.ucla.edu)