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The Center's 2017 Health Policy Seminar Series

July 30, 2017

    The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our monthly seminar series.

    Parks After Dark is a Los Angeles County program that began in 2010 as the prevention strategy for communities with higher rates of violence, economic hardship, and obesity prevalence. The Center was the evaluator of this innovative program, in which PAD parks stayed open late on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in the summer months to offer a variety of safe, free recreational and cultural activities for people of all ages.  
    What started as a program in three parks has now been implemented at 21 throughout Los Angeles County. Please join us at this August 22 seminar to hear lead evaluator Nadereh Pourat, director of the Center’s Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, and HEER Senior Research Associate Ana Martinez, talk about how the Parks After Dark Program evolved into a key County strategy to promote health, safety, equity, and community well-being.
    Please note this seminar is taking place at a special time: 2 p.m. PDT. 


    "Parks After Dark: How Los Angeles Transformed Recreational Public Spaces"

    ​Date: ​Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
    Time: ​2:00 - 3:00 p.m. PDT [PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL TIME]

    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:
    Previous seminars:

    July 31: "Partnership Strategies of Community Health Centers: Building Capacity in Good Times and Bad"

    Federally Qualified Health Centers — commonly referred to as Community Health Centers (CHCs) —  serve as critical safety net providers to those who are uninsured or are on Medi-Cal. 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. 

    In this 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, they will examine strategies undertaken by CHCs in four states that reinforce the local safety net through partnerships, improvements to the local health system, and advocacy. 

    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.
    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 seminar, Susan 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.
    See all previous seminars here.