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The Center's 2019 Health Policy Seminar Series

September 19, 2019

  • UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
    The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our
    monthly seminar series. 
    Fall 2019: “Whole Person Care Improves Care Coordination for Many Californians”

    Providing coordinated health care services can have a dual benefit: Improving patient care and controlling health care costs. However, creating these programs requires careful planning for successful implementation, according to the evaluation of care coordination services under the Whole Person Care (WPC) program by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

    Associate Center Director Nadereh Pourat and Emmeline Chuang, associate professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, describe the progress of 25 WPC Pilots participating in the statewide Medi-Cal initiative on coordinating medical, behavioral health, and social services. Their evaluation provides a framework for organizations seeking to address the challenges of providing care to high-need patients who frequently use high-cost services such as those without stable housing or with multiple chronic conditions.


    “Whole Person Care Improves Care Coordination for Many Californians”

    Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
    Time: Noon to 1 p.m. PDT 

    UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
    10960 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1550
    Los Angeles, CA 90024 [Map]

    Join us in person or by livestreaming webinar here:

    **This is a brown bag event. 
    Light refreshments served for in-person attendees.



    Previous seminars

    May 14: "Medicare for All: Is it Finally Time for Single Payer in the United States?"

    As a continuation of the robust discussion at the recent E. Richard Brown Symposium focused on universal health care in California, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Senior Fellow Gerald F. Kominski addressed the topic “Medicare for All: Is It Finally Time for Single Payer in the United States?” Find the recorded video here.

    March 26: “Economic Insecurity Among Older Adults of Color: Housing and Health as Cause and Effect”

    In the Center’s March Health Policy Seminar, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace discussed elder economic insecurity using Elder IndexTM data and how the housing burden borne by elders, particularly those of color, affects health. Find the recorded video here.

    Feb. 19: “Reducing Access Disparities in California by Insuring Low-income Undocumented Immigrants”
    Using the latest California Health Interview Survey data on the health insurance, demographics, health status, and access to care of undocumented low-income adults ages 19-64, new research led by Associate Center Director Nadereh Pourat reveals the demographics and characteristics of undocumented adults, how their access to health care compares to documented counterparts, and the implications of extending Medi-Cal eligibility to the last remaining uninsured population who have limited options for coverage. Find the recorded video here.


    Jan. 23: "Improving California's Behavioral Health Workforce for Older Adults"


    Center Faculty Associate Janet Frank and Center Research Scientist Kathryn Kietzman recommended training and funding strategies that state policymakers, educational institutions and county mental health/behavioral health departments and their contracted providers can take to improve the state mental health care workforce that serves the unique needs of older adults. Find the recorded video here.


    November 7: "How Proposed Changes to the 'Public Charge' Rule Will Affect Health, Hunger, and the Economy in California"

    Ninez A. Ponce, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; Laurel Lucia; director of the health care program at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education; and Tia Shimada, director of programs at California Food Policy Advocates, presented analysis from their report and shared estimates of the health and economic impact the federal "public charge" immigration rule change will have on California, its regions, and its racial and ethnic groups. Under proposed changes to Department of Homeland Security immigration rules, people could be denied status as lawful permanent residents if they receive certain health care, nutrition and other benefits. Find the recorded video here and download the seminar slides here(Note: Updated version as of 11/29/18.)

    See all previous health policy seminars here.