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The Center's Health Policy Seminar Series

From health care reform in the United States to health care costs around the world, the Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our lunchtime Health Policy Seminar Series.

The seminars take place once a month during the school year at the Center's offices for approximately one hour. Learn about future seminars here or by subscribing to the Center's free, monthly e-newsletter, Health Policy News.

View a list of all our past seminars in our archive.

Our most recent seminars include:

July 31: "Partnership Strategies of CHCs: Building Capacity in Good Times and Bad"


Community Health Centers (CHCs) serve as critical safety net providers to those who are uninsured or who may become uninsured. In this livestreamed July 31 seminar, Center Associate Director Steven P. Wallace and Graduate Student Researcher Maria-Elena Young will discuss findings from a new study on these centers' efforts to serve the remaining uninsured. Specifically, the study looked at strategies undertaken by CHCs in four states that reinforce the local safety net through partnerships, improvements to the local health system, and advocacy. With the uncertainties ahead about whether Medicaid expansion will be continued or be handed over to the states with limited oversight, partnerships both among CHCs and with others in the health care system and beyond may become even more important.



June 28: "Reforming California's public hospitals: Key findings from the DSRIP evaluation"


California has 12 county hospital systems and five University of California public hospitals that deliver the majority of inpatient and a significant amount of outpatient care to Medicaid patients in the state. In this June 28 seminar, Nadereh Pourat, the Center’s director of research, discussed findings from a comprehensive evaluation of a major effort to promote innovation and improve care at these hospitals: the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. California was the first out of several states nationally to implement DSRIP, making these findings significant to the broader national experiment in health system reform. Pourat, who was the lead evaluator of the five-year California DSRIP program, describes newly assessed measures of progress, what interventions were the most successful, and whether a “pay for performance” incentive system worked.

Watch the video here



May 31: "Stopping Sugar: Findings from the Kaiser Permanente/American Heart Association Roundtable on Added/Free Sugar Consumption"


Leading experts from the across the country convened in Los Angeles on May 3 for a roundtable discussion on how to remove added and excess sugar from foods. Researchers and experts from the Harvard School of Public Health, Dannon, Partnership for a Healthier America, multiple University of California campuses, Duke University School of Public Policy, ChangeLab Solutions and others discussed topics ranging from menu labeling and federal nutritional standards to the most vulnerable communities who are "extreme consumers" of sugar. 

In this May 31 seminarSusan Babey, co-director of the Center's Chronic Disease Program, and William McCarthy, adjunct professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, will present the results of a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion on cutting-edge research and policy trends.

Watch the video here


View all past seminars here​.

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