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The Center's FREE health policy seminar series: 2016

August 18, 2016

    ​​The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our lunchtime seminar series. The series will be on hiatus over the summer break but will return in the fall with the following seminar:
    Sept. 27: "The Presidential Candidates: Their Health Plans"

    What will health coverage look like under a President Trump? A President Clinton? In this Sept. 27 seminar, Center Director Gerald Kominski will discuss the evolving visions of the presidential candidates' health plans.  

    Specifically, Kominski will describe Republican nominee Donald Trump's idea to replace the Affordable Care Act with block grants to states to provide health care to low-income people as well as to enable the sale of health insurance across state lines. Alternatively, Democrat nominee Hilary Clinton has vowed to expand Medicaid in every state as well as to undocumented workers and their families. She has also pledged to limit prescription drug costs.

    How feasible are these ideas in an age of extreme partisanship? Join us in-person or online for a timely discussion at our free noon seminar.

    Join us via live-streaming webinar here: 

    "The Presidential Candidates: Their Health Plans"
    Gerald Kominski, director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
    Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
    Noon - 1 pm
    ​UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
    10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550
    Los Angeles, Calif. 90024 [Map]
    A recorded video will be posted on the Center's website shortly after the presentation.
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    June 13, 2016: "A Public Health Perspective to Improve the Juvenile Justice System"
    Processing juvenile offenders in the traditional justice system can lead to a range of negative health and social consequences. However, health and public health perspectives are often absent in conversations about the juvenile justice system. In this June 13 seminar, Lauren Gase, chief of health and policy assessment in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, draws from her work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to discuss results from a recently published study examining the impact of Teen Courts — a popular juvenile justice system diversion model in which youths are judged by their peers and given restorative sentences to complete during a period of supervision. Did this alternative justice solution prevent recidivism, which is linked to life-long negative health consequences? Watch the video here.

    May 19, 2016: "Implementing Physician Aid-in-Dying: What Can California Learn from Other States?"
    California passed the End of Life Options Act (AB 15in 2015, which allows residents to end their life through physician aid-in-dying (AID). In June of 2016, implementation of the law will begin. Yet there is little guidance as to how AID will be conducted. Drawing from lessons learned in other states that have already passed aid-in-dying laws, Cindy Cain, Center faculty associate and the author of an upcoming Center study on AID, will discuss the ethical and practical concerns of implementation and outline solutions that may help California policymakers, physicians and health workers sensitively and comprehensively respond to constituents and patients. Watch the video here.
    April 16, 2016: "Towards a Smokefree LA: "What Landlords and Tenants Think About Smokefree Housing in the City of Los Angeles"
    On April 6, the Center presented findings from a first-ever survey of both landlords and tenants at an event in South LA, as well as launch an exciting new media and advertising campaign to encourage the adoption of smokefree policies citywide. In this seminar, Ying-Ying Meng, co-director of the Center's Chronic Disease Program, and Peggy Toy, director of the Center's Health DATA Program, will expand upon the survey's findings and discuss how we can achieve a healthier and more equitable Los Angeles. Watch the video here.
    March 10, 2016: "On the Road to Diabetes? A Look at High Prediabetes Rates in California"
    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 this seminar, Susan H. Babey, co-director of the Center’s Chronic Disease Program, discusses findings from a study on the prevalence of prediabetes in California. She also talks about what policymakers and health advocates can do to try to help prevent the progression from prediabetes to diabetes. Watch the video here.
    February 29, 2016: "Health and Well-Being of the Hidden Poor: How the Federal Poverty Level Overlooks Economically Insecure Older Californians"
    Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace shares findings on the health status of economically insecure seniors from his new fact sheet, which uses data from the Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (Elder Index), a poverty measure that takes into account the true cost of living in all 58 California counties, and the California Health Interview Survey. Wallace specifically examines the 655,000 "hidden poor" single elders and single elder couples who live alone on an income above the federal poverty level (FPL), but below what it actually takes to have a decent standard of living. Watch the video here.
    January 26, 2016: "Putting the 'T' in LGBT Health: How to Measure Gender Identity in a Large Health Survey"
    Almost no data exist on transgender Americans, a group that continues to face widespread discrimination and possible related adverse health consequences. Matt JansCHIS survey methodologist, discusses the cutting-edge work that CHIS has done in collaboration with UCLA's Williams Institute to establish feasible ways to accurately measure gender identity. Jans presents results of an experimental test of gender identity questions and discusses their implications for gender identity measurement in surveys more broadly. Watch the video here.
    November 19, 2015: "Why Don't More Community Clinics Provide On-Site Dental Care?" 
    Dr. James Crall and Nadereh Pourat, review the data published in their recent study on the number of California community health centers that provide on-site dental care versus those that do not and takes a specific look at the county that “co-locates” oral and primary care the least: Los Angeles. The presentation makes the case that providing both dental and primary care in the same location is good not just for patients but for clinics’ bottom line. Watch the video here.
    October 28, 2015: "Narrow Networks: Do We Know When Networks Have Become Too Narrow?"
    Gerald Kominski, the Center’s director, summarizes what is known about narrow networks from the research literature; discusses challenges in defining and measuring network adequacy; and proposes further research to determine whether narrow networks are necessarily associated with lower quality care. Watch the video here.

    September 22, 2015: "Promoting Preventive Health Care in the Community: The Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative"
    Center researcher Kathryn Kietzman and O. Kenrik Duru from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA present early findings from a new project to increase the use of clinical preventive services, such as flu shots and mammograms, among older residents of South Los Angeles. Watch the video here.
    August 18, 2015: "CHIS 2013 and 2014: What's New in the Nation's Largest State Health Survey"
    In conjunction with the launch of new 2013 and 2014 data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), Ninez Ponce, CHIS principal investigator, and David Grant, CHIS director, describe new information and innovative features of the latest surveys. Watch the video here.
    July 15, 2015: "Environmental Factors Driving Rising Obesity in California"
    Center Research Scientist Joelle Wolstein and Senior Center Research Scientist Susan H. Babey discuss findings from their 10-year study, Obesity in California. In particular, the authors will describe the structural challenges to fighting obesity in California, including the built environment, neighborhood safety, as well as economic access issues that prevent Californians from practicing healthy behaviors. Watch the video here.

    June 17, 2015: "The Importance of CHIS in LGBT Research and Data Collection"
    Gary Gates, the Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and research director at the UCLA Williams Institute, demonstrates how CHIS has been used in research about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and (as of CHIS 2015) transgender community and the role it has played in helping to inform important policy debates about LGBT rights. Watch the video here.