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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The Changing Roles of the Physician: Is Professionalism still Possible?

Mon, October 22, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT

University of California San Francisco Parnassus Campus
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143


Symposium and Launching of the Food Industry Documents Archive

Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:30am - Noon
Laurel Heights Auditorium


The UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the UCSF Industry Documents Library are excited to announce the public launching of the New Food Industry Documents Archive with a stellar lineup of speakers for our First Annual Symposium on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at the UCSF Laurel Heights Auditorium. 

Keynote: “Food Politics 2018: Food Industry Influence on Nutrition Research”

Marion Nestle
Marion Nestle, PhD., the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Emerita, and        author of the new book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.

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2018-2019 Call for Applications: Emerging Scholars Exchange Program

Applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, October 19, 2018.

The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program is designed to provide career development opportunities for UCSF early career faculty via invited presentations at prestigious peer universities. Through the Exchange Program, early career faculty will have the opportunity to develop relationships with potential research collaborators, mentors, and sponsors; hone their oral presentation skills; and bolster their CVs as they prepare for promotion.

Program Components
Two Emerging Scholars from UCSF will be selected to give a presentation at one of our partner institutions: the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute and the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. In exchange, scholars from these universities will be selected to present at UCSF.

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California: A Health Care Laboratory With Mixed Results

Social MediaDespite its successes, California still has significant health disparities and an uneven distribution of health care providers to help reduce them. A Health Affairs study about nurse practitioners underscores the challenge of getting these medical professionals to the populations that need them the most.

Joanne Spetz, a professor at UCSF, found that even though nurse practitioners could help fill gaps in primary care, they and the programs that train them are generally in locations that already have a relatively high number of doctors per patient.

San Francisco, for example, has multiple nurse practitioner education programs, said Spetz, lead author of a recent article in Health Afairs. “That isn’t where the jobs are and where the greatest needs are,” she said.

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Social MediaBeyond The ACA: Paths To Universal Coverage In California

California’s single-payer legislation is stalled, but the state will establish a task force to pursue unified public financing to achieve universal health insurance. California’s 2018 gubernatorial and legislative elections will provide a forum for further health policy debate and, depending on election outcomes, may establish momentum for more sweeping change. Article in Health Affairs by Andrew B. Bindman, Marian R. Mulkey, and Richard Kronick.

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View a UCTV Video on the Landscape for Health Care Reform in California with Andrew Bindman and California State Assembly Member David Chiu.