UCLA Center for Health Policy Research represented at 2023 APHA conference

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) will be at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo on November 12–15 in Atlanta

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UCLA CHPR staff, faculty and students are featured in more than 25 scientific presentations, panel discussions, and poster sessions on topics including: the state of mental health in the United States, the association between housing insecurity and worse access to care, health inequities among Latinx and Asian immigrants, leveraging community partnerships to understand the needs of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, and more.

Stop by our booth #813 to learn more about our work, meet researchers, and pick up some fun swag.

APHA presentations include:

Housing Insecurity Associated with Worse Access to Health Care
Monday, November 13 | 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Presenter: Susan Babey
Co-Authors: Joelle Wolstein, Sean Tan

Housing insecurity, whether it’s moving frequently, threat of eviction, or poor housing conditions, is linked with poor health outcomes. Using data from the 2021 California Health Interview Survey, UCLA CHPR researchers Susan Babey, Joelle Wolstein, and Sean Tan examine the relationship between reported housing instability and the following access to care indicators: preventive care visits, delays in medical care, delays filling prescription medication, and foregoing medical care.

Contribution of NIA Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) to Promoting Health and Health Equity Among Diverse and Complex Aging Adults
Monday, November 13 | 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Co-Moderator: Nadereh Pourat
The aging adults in the U.S. are increasingly complex and diverse. Therefore, promoting health equity among aging adults require a greater understanding of the issues they face as well as tailored and culturally competent approached to address those issues. This symposium presents research that illustrates the role of factors contributing to inequities,  innovative approaches that address those factors including social determinants of health, and programs and policies that address those issues. Presenters are scientists from the NIH/NIA's Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), and UCLA CHPR's Nadereh Pourat will co-moderate the session.

AJPH Sponsored Session: State of Mental Health in the US: The Context of Community, Grief and Bereavement
Monday, November 13 | 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Co-moderated by UCLA Professor and UCLA CHPR Senior Fellow Vickie Mays, this session is centered around the supplement issue sponsored by the University of California on the topic of "Mental Health, Community, Culture and Public Health."

Introductory Remarks: Thinking About the Context of Mental Health in the US: Fixing People vs. Fixing Economic and Social Policies and Systems of Care
10:30 a.m.–10:55 a.m.
Featuring: Vickie Mays

Gendered Differences in Suicide Languages: Are We Missing Patterns of Mental Health Indicators in Men?
10:55 a.m.–11:06 a.m.
Featuring: Vickie Mays

Leveraging Community Partnerships to Create the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Equity Index
Tuesday, November 14 | 11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Tara Becker
Co-Authors: Ninez A. Ponce, Richard Calvin Chang, Corina Penaia

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations are diverse, with different languages, histories, and cultural practices that result in specific health patterns. Due to barriers to collection and reporting of data on NHPI communities, their specific needs are not identified by federal funding formulas and grantmaking tools used to target the distribution of resources and inform program development.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s NHPI Data Policy Lab has conducted focus groups with more than 100 NHPI community leaders to identify areas of need and equip communities with the tools they need to make them effective health advocates. Using this input and data from sources such as the American Community Survey and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition, the Lab has constructed a new multidimensional measure, the NHPI Health Equity Index, that better identifies needs within the NHPI population.

View the APHA flyer for the full list of presentations.