Join our Newsletter


Join Our Newsletter

A monthly e-mail of breaking news, data, and publications from the Center.

print share

Stay informed!

Be the first to know about new seminars, data and research! Sign up for Health Policy News, the Center's free, widely-read e-newsletter.

Subscribe now!


The Center's 2018 Health Policy Seminar Series

April 26, 2018

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

    May 23: ''Which Low-Income Group Did the ACA Leave Behind? Latinos''

    yue_rasmussen.jpgNationally, Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased the proportion of low-income adults who had health insurance by 7.1 percentage points between 2013 and 2015, according to a Health Services Research article by Center Graduate Student Researchers Dahai Yue and Petra Rasmussen.

    However, the study reports that not all populations benefited equally from the law, particularly Latinos. Join Yue and Rasmussen at our May health policy seminar for a look at how the ACA widened the gap in health care for Latinos.


    ''Which Low-Income Group Did the ACA Leave Behind? Latinos''

    ​Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    Time: Noon - 1:00 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:

    Previous seminars:

    April 26: Liquid Sugar: Sugary Beverage Consumption Among Young Children in California"
    Susan Babey, co-director of the Center’s Chronic Disease Program, and her co-author Joelle Wolstein, a Center research scientist, discussed findings from their latest fact sheet that reports nearly one in three young California children ― including some as young as two years old ― drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day. They discussed the marketing of sugary beverages to kids and the disparities in consumption based on income and race and ethnicity. The authors also provided a sneak peek at their upcoming CHIS-based study that includes teen consumption rates in California. Sugar-sweetened beverages―such as soda, fruit drinks with added sugar, and sports and energy drinks ― are the largest source of added sugar in the diets of children and adults in the U.S. and contribute to Type 2 diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

    March 19, 2018: ''Critical Policy Priorities for Breast Cancer Care in California''
    In 2018, over 29,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in California and an estimated 4,500 will die of the disease. Yet patients and survivors continue to face serious economic, emotional and structural barriers to care, all while balancing family and work obligations. In this March 19 seminar, key findings were released from a two-year Center study of the obstacles breast cancer patients face accessing care in California. Study authors Ninez Ponce, associate Center director, and researcher AJ Scheitler discussed three of the most pressing obstacles: 1) A need for patient navigators to help breast cancer survivors understand and access services; 2) A lack of continuity of care within the complex system of providers, support services and insurance requirements, and; 3) The particular obstacles facing low-income women, including narrow provider networks and time limits on coverage. 
    Watch the video here.

    February 21, 2018: "Paul Dourgnon: Addressing Undocumented Immigrants' Health Care Needs through Safety Net Systems in California"
    A common myth about undocumented immigrants in the United States is that they place an undue burden on the nation’s health care system and particularly the safety net. In 2016, the Center was host to Paul Dourgnon, the research director at the Paris-based French Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics, and a 2016-17 French Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. Using data from the California Health Interview Survey, as well as county stakeholder interviews, Dourgnon assessed how well immigrants are served by California’s safety net and what the health outcomes are for immigrants who are able to access services. Watch the video here.

    See all previous health policy seminars here.