Our Work

Whether you’re interested in learning more about our nationally-recognized programs like the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and Health Economics and Evaluation Research (HEER) Program, or you’re looking for policy-relevant research and data on topics such as health equity, chronic diseases, health insurance, health access, immigrant health, food insecurity, and much more, you’ve come to the right place.  

Browse some of our projects and programs below:

Our Work

HEER Program

California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM)

The California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM), developed in partnership with the UC Berkeley Labor Center, is a micro-simulation model that projects the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on insurance coverage in California.

Chronic Disease Program

The Chronic Disease Program uses data from CHIS to conduct wide-ranging research on chronic conditions — including asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental illness, and heart disease — which are leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.

COVID-19 Dashboards

UCLA CHPR created tools and dashboards to track the impact of COVID-19 on Californians, including the CHIS COVID-19 Preliminary Monthly Estimates dashboard, COVID-19 Rates and Risk Factors by California County dashboard, and NHPI Data Policy Lab.
California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

Data Access Center

The Data Access Center (DAC) provides services to analyze CHIS data in a secure, controlled environment that protects the confidentiality of respondents.

Data Equity Center

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has launched the Data Equity Center, which focuses on equity in all aspects of the design, collection, production, and dissemination of population health data.
HEER Program

Dental Anesthesia and Sedation Study

The HEER Program was contracted by the California Department of Public Health Office of Oral Health to write a report for the legislature on dental anesthesia and sedation services across California.
Chronic Disease Program

Diabetes

More than 3.2 million adults in the state have diagnosed diabetes (primarily Type 2), and an additional 4.7 million have prediabetes. The Center has comprehensive data on diabetes, and has hosted events and conducted studies.

E.R. Brown Symposium

The E.R. Brown Symposium, named after UCLA CHPR founder E. Richard "Rick" Brown, is an annual event that honors Rick Brown, who spent his life advocating for a health-care-for-all system that would ensure health services for every Californian.​
Health Equity Program

Elder Index

The California Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index (CA Elder Index) is a tool that measures the actual cost that older adults pay for basic necessities (food, medical care, housing, transportation) in each of California's 58 counties.
Health Equity Program

Food Insecurity

UCLA CHPR researchers conduct various studies on food insecurity. In 2022, Nourish California and CIPC used CHIS data to advocate for a Food4All bill to provide non-citizens without legal permanent resident status with access to food assistance.

Gun Violence and Firearm Safety

The UCLA CHPR conducts research on gun violence as a public health issue. Current studies relate to firearm ownership, storage practices, perceptions of gun safety, and gun violence among understudied groups in California.

Health DATA Program

The Health DATA Program hosts in-person and online workshops and trainings that help policymakers, community groups, health and advocacy organizations, and others understand and use credible health data in their program and policy development work.
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