Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

IHPS Research Focus
Learn more about the research IHPS is doing in industry influences and commercial determinants of health.
New Chair IHPS National Advisory Board
We are delighted to announce that Sunita Mutha, MD, is the new chair of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies National Advisory Board.
New Associate Director for Faculty Development
We are pleased to announce Daniel Dohan, PhD will be the new Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, Associate Director for Faculty Development.
New Associate Directors for Policy
We are pleased to announce Janet Coffman, PhD, MA, MPP and Beth Griffiths, MD, MPH will be the new Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS), Associate Directors for Policy.
Current COVID-19 Related Research and Initiatives
IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid-cycle research and technical assistance.
In Memoriam: Philip R. Lee
April 17, 1924 - October 27, 2020
View the celebration of Phil's life,
held on February 25, 2021.

Upcoming Events

2022 Emerging Scholars Program

May 18, 12 - 1 pm PT,  BH-212 (Byers Hall, Genentech), UCSF (Webinar available for remote viewing here)

Reimagining the Safety-Net: Implications for Patients and Policy

Paula Chatterjee, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Paula Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She is a practicing physician and researcher whose work focuses on financing, quality, and patient outcomes in safety-net hospitals. She has also evaluated the consequences of alternative payment models on low-income populations, as well as spillover effects of various state policies related to the Medicaid program. Dr. Chatterjee completed her residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to that, she received her BS and MPH from Yale University and her MD from Harvard Medical School.




June Health Policy Grand Rounds

June 15, 12 - 1 pm PT,  (Webinar available for remote viewing here)

No Equity Without Data Equity

Ninez Ponce, MPP, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Ninez A. Ponce, MPP, PhD is Professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Director of its Center for Health Policy Research. She leads the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest state health survey, recognized as a national model for data collection on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity and immigrant health. Her research contributes to the elimination of racial/ethnic/social disparities in health. Dr. Ponce has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics and on committees for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Quality Forum, where her expertise has focused on setting guidance for health systems in the measurement and use of race/ethnicity and social determinants of health as tools to monitor health equity. She has received numerous awards from community organizations recognizing her work in communityengaged research, which includes community-academic partnerships with the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations and Asian Health Services. In 2019 Dr. Ponce and the CHIS team received the AcademyHealth Impact award for her contributions to population health measurement to inform public policies.

Featured Articles

Follow-Up After Asthma Emergency Department Visits and Its Relationship With Subsequent Asthma-Related Utilization

Academic Pediatrics

Naomi Bardach, Valerie Harder, Charles McCulloch, Robert Thombley, Judith Shaw, Victoria Hart, Michael Cabana

We found a protective association between outpatient 14-day follow-up and asthma-related ED revisits. This may reflect improved asthma control as providers follow the NHLBI guideline stepwise approach. Our findings highlight an opportunity for improvement, with only 22.6% of those with asthma-related ED visits having 14-day follow-up.

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Contraceptive Use and Consistency and the Role of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Undocumented Young Adults

Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare

May Sudhinaraset, Hye Young Choi, Michelle Kao Nakphong, Rebecca Woofter, Claire Brindis

This study demonstrates that undocumented young adults have low rates of contraceptive use; however, DACA is associated with improved reproductive health for certain undocumented immigrants.

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Lessons learned from academic medical centers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Navajo Nation​​​​​​

Plos One

Tasce Bongiovanni, Sriram Shamasunder, William Brown III, Cristina Rivera Carpenter, Matthew Pantell, James Harrison

This study provides guidelines which AMCs might use to develop and improve partnerships they have or would like to develop with vulnerable communities.

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