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 » ]


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 » ]


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 » ]



“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:


(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)     

CalSIM estimates used in “hot spot” uninsurance maps

[ Posted on December 21st, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

calSIM2015JPGCovered California released uninsurance “hot spot” maps that were created using estimates from California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM), a micro-simulation model developed by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, and from other sources.

The maps, released Dec. 8 – 15, highlight areas where a high proportion of residents are eligible for subsidies but still lack insurance. Media coverage included: California Healthline, Government Health IT, Orange County Register, California Hospital Association, Kaiser Health News, Los Angeles Independent, Tri-County SentrySan Francisco Bay View, Fontana Herald News, KFBK (Sacramento), KPBS, and KPCC. (more…)

December 11 webinar! National Network of State and Local Health Surveys annual meeting

[ Posted on December 7th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

SURVEYS_LOGOThe 2015 annual national meeting for the National Network of State and Local Health Surveys, the network of professionals working to develop and advance state and local health population health surveys, will be held via webinar this year. Discussions will include current state and local-level heath surveys and ways state survey data are monitoring ACA implementation. (more…)

Center’s Ninez Ponce named NQF committee co-chair

[ Posted on December 4th, 2015 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]


Ninez Ponce, a Center associate director, was named co-chair of a new National Quality Forum (NQF) standing committee that will focus on eliminating disparities through quality measurement.

The NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that works to promote and ensure patient protections and healthcare quality through measurement and public reporting.

Read the NQF press release.