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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Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo to Receive The 2019
Harold S. Luft Mentoring Award 

We are delighted to announce that Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS has been selected as this year's recipient of the Harold S. Luft Award for Mentoring in Health Services and Health Policy Research, awarded by the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Laurel Heights, 263
4:00 - 5:30 pm

RSVP (brief program followed by reception) 

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A silver wave? California braces for elderly boom that could overburden state

Joanne Spetz and Janet Coffman, professors at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UC San Francisco, and the UCSF Healthforce Center were interviewed by the Sacramto Bee about California’s health system's ability to handle the state’s older population.

The nationwide demand for geriatricians, or aging specialists, is not being met, according to the American Geriatrics Society. By 2025, AGS predicts that there will be 6,230 full-time geriatricians in practice when 33,200 will be needed.

“There’s a professor down at Stanford that calls it the ‘silver-brown tsunami,’ ” as opposed to the more commonly referenced “silver tsunami,” said Joanne Spetz.

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UCSF Launches New Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative with $30M Gift

Made possible by a $30 million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff, UC San Francisco on Wednesday announced the launch of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, a new center in San Francisco that will conduct groundbreaking research on the root causes of homelessness and identify evidence-based solutions to prevent and end homelessness. Margot Kushel, MD, professor of medicine at UCSF and director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP), will lead the initiative.

The Benioffs’ gift is the largest-ever private donation to fund homelessness research.

San Francisco, along with countless cities across the country, is experiencing a homelessness crisis. According to the 2017 annual Homelessness Point-in-Time report, approximately 7,500 people are homeless in San Francisco, 58 percent of whom are unsheltered. Rising housing costs and income inequality are leading to more people, including families and older adults, entering homelessness for the first time.

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