​​The Center is pleased to host leading health policy experts at our lunchtime seminar series. Our next seminar will be:

November 19: "Why Don't More Community Clinics Provide On-Site Dental Care?" 

Image removed.Image removed.Low-income adults and children who are able to see a dentist at the same location as their primary care doctor are more likely to get dental care, yet almost three out of five community health clinics in California either don’t offer oral health services or, if they do, the nearest facility is sometimes too far for many patients to reach, according to a recent Center study. In this November 19 seminar, part of the Center’s ongoing Health Policy Seminar Series, the study’s authors, Dr. James Crall and Dr. Nadereh Pourat, review the data 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 will also make the case that providing both dental and primary care in the same location is good not just for patients but for clinics’ bottom line.   Join us via live-streaming webinar here:

​What:“Why Don’t More Community Clinics Provide On-Site Dental Care?”

​Who:Dr. James Crall, professor and chair of the public health and community dentistry division at UCLA School of Dentistry, and Dr. Nadereh Pourat, director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

​When:Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

​Time:Noon -  1.pm.​

​Where​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.   Sign up for our e-newsletter, Health Policy News, for updates on upcoming seminars.     Recent seminars: All seminars from the Center’s Health Policy Seminar Series can be viewed here. Image removed. 

October 28: "Narrow Networks: Do We Know When Networks Have Become Too Narrow?"

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a greater degree of standardization of health insurance plans than has ever existed in the individual (non-group) health insurance market. All policies are required to have Essential Health Benefits, as well as four metal tiers based on plan actuarial values and standard limits on maximum annual out-of-pocket spending. As a result, one of the most significant remaining features of health plans that can vary considerably is the number of doctors and hospitals contracting with each health plan. The fact that many health insurers offered plans through ACA Exchanges in 2014 and 2015 with so-called “narrow networks” has led to some concern that those buying health insurance in the individual market, both inside and outside the Exchanges, now face more restricted access to doctors and hospitals in their immediate geographic area. Furthermore, this restricted access has raised concerns about possible adverse health consequences. 

This October 28 webinar presents an overview of the impacts of “narrow networks.” In it, 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: "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: "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: "Environmental Factors Driving Rising Obesity in California" More than seven million Californians are obese, and obesity rates have risen over the past decade to encompass one-quarter of the adult population. The cost to Californians -- in terms of health and medical care -- is rising as well. What can the state do to stem the epidemic? 
In this seminar, part of the Center's 2015 Health Policy Seminar Series, Center Research Scientist Joelle Wolstein and Senior Center Research Scientist Susan H. Babey will 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: "The Importance of CHIS in LGBT Research and Data Collection" The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) represents one of the largest ongoing population-based data collection efforts in the country that has included measurement of sexual orientation for more than a decade. 
In this seminar, 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. He highlights new ways that CHIS is expanding its efforts to identity the LGBT population and provide leadership in advancing efforts to improve LGBT data collection. Watch the video here.   Past speakers in the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Seminar Series include:   • Nadereh Pourat, Director of Research, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Director, Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry   • Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health   • Lené Levy-Storms, faculty associate, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; associate director, UCLA Borun Center for Gerontological Research; associate professor, Depts. of Social Welfare and Medicine/Geriatrics, Luskin School of Public Affairs & David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA   • Elisa F. Long, assistant professor in Decisions, Operations & Technology Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management   • Kathryn Kietzman, research scientist, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research   • Steven P. Wallace, Center associate director and professor in the UCLA School of Public Health   • John Øvretveit, director of research and professor of health innovation and evaluation at the Karolinska Institute   • Dylan H. Roby, senior research scientist, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; assistant professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

About the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is one of the nation’s leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. UCLA CHPR improves the public’s health through high quality, objective, and evidence-based research and data that informs effective policymaking. UCLA CHPR is the home of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and is part of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. For more information, visit healthpolicy.ucla.edu.