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.
Harold S. Luft Mentoring Award Winner 2019
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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PRL-IHPS Faculty Julia Adler-Milstein is among four UCSF Faculty Elected
to the National Academy of Medicine for 2019

Academy of Medicine Members
Four UC San Francisco faculty members are among the 100 new members and 10 international members elected this year to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Election to the NAM recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the medical sciences, health care and public health. This year, this distinguished group welcomes four UCSF faculty:

  • Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, associate professor of medicine
  • Laura M. Gottlieb, MD, MPH, associate professor of family and community medicine
  • Diane Havlir, MD, professor and associate chair of clinical research, Department of Medicine; and chief, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine
  • Kristine Yaffe, MD, Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and vice chair of research in psychiatry; professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology

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Rebecca Smith-Bindman to receive the 19th Annual Faculty Research Lecture in Clinical Science

The UCSF Academic Senate selected Rebecca Smith-Bindman, MD, as the recipient of the Nineteenth Annual Faculty Research Lectureship – Clinical Science for her contributions to radiology outcomes and comparative effectiveness research. The lecture, titled “Computed Tomography: A Medical Triumph Fostering a Silent Epidemic,” will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm in Byers Auditorium, Mission Bay Campus. The event will be livestreamed and a reception will follow.

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Sugary Drink Ban Tied to Health Improvements at UCSF Medical Center

Elissa Epel, PhD, lead author of the 10-month study that looked at positive health effects associated with reducing sugary beverages intake. By the end of the 10-month study, the participants who had reduced their intake of sugary beverages, like sodas, sports drinks and sweetened teas, also tended to show an improvement in insulin resistance and lowered total cholesterol. “This shows us that simply ending sales of sugary drinks in the workplace can have a meaningful effect on improving health in less than one year,” said lead author Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCSF Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center.

“This was not a ban on the consumption of sugared beverages,” emphasized senior author Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, UCSF professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “People could still bring them from home or buy them off campus. This study demonstrates the value in rigging workplace environments to support people’s health rather than the opposite. UCSF simply took sugary drinks out of workplace vending machines, break rooms and cafeterias, and wound up improving employees’ health.” Recent studies have also linked sugar intake to early mortality.” The study was published in the October 28 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, had begun in the period before UCSF ended the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages across all of its campus sites and medical facilities in 2015.

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