Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
PRL-IHPS contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service.
Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law
Learn more about the new on-line Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law Degree Program at UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law.
Hal Luft Award Winner 2018
In recognition of UCSF faculty who are engaged in health services and/or health policy research in their mentoring roles which demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Dr. Harold Luft.


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Claire Brindis to receive 2019 Holly Smith Award 

Claire Brindis, DrPH, Director of the Philip R. Lee Institite for Health Policy Studies, will be one of the four recipeints for this year's Holly Smith Award. The Lloyd Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine was established in 2000 to recognize exceptional career service that has resulted in broad and long-lasting benefit to the School of Medicine. The award is named for Lloyd H. (Holly) Smith, Jr., whose 35-year career as chair of medicine and associate dean exemplified such an outstanding career effort. 

The Award will be presented at the annual Salute to Excellence reception on May 13, 2019 at the Parnassus, Millberry Conference Center to this year's recipients.

New Regulations Needed to take Full Advantage of the Current Health Care Workforce

A new research letter by Joanne Spetz appeared in a recent issue of JAMA. Many nurse practitioners cannot provide medications to treat opioid addiction. States should reform practice regulations. At least six states with high opioid abuse rates also have strong work restrictions that hinder nurse practitioners (NPs) in prescribing medication that can help treat the problem, according to a study by researchers at Healthforce Center and UCSF.  These states, and others with restrictive scopes of practice for NPs, should reform their regulations to take full advantage of the health care workforce in addressing the opioid crisis and meeting primary care needs, the researchers said. Their study appears in the April 2019 issue of JAMA.


Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo joins IHPS as an Affiliated Faculty Member

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS is the Lee Goldman, MD Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  She is the inaugural Vice Dean for Population Health and Health Equity in the UCSF School of Medicine.  She co-founded the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a research center focused on discovery, implementation, policy, advocacy, and community engagement for communities at risk for poor health and inadequate healthcare.  
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo’s activities in health policy focus on prevention, and particularly how clinical and public health policies impact disease prevention in poor and minority populations.  Her scholarship includes studies using simulation modeling, observational designs, and pragmatic trials to examine the impact of interventions aimed at cardiovascular disease prevention.  She previously served on the US Preventive Services Task Force as member from 2010-2017 and as vice-chair and chair from 2014-2017.