Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance

Dr. Joanne Spetz holds the Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance.

Dr. Spetz is a health economist (Ph.D., Stanford) with a longstanding interest in the healthcare workforce, including a sustained focus on innovative approaches to health workforce finance and organization, as well as whether the health care workforce is prepared to meet the growing long-term care needs of the aging U.S. population.

In addition to her research leadership at the Institute, Dr. Spetz serves as Associate Director for Research at the UCSF Healthforce Center (School of Dentistry) and is affiliated faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (School of Medicine) and Department of Community Health Systems (School of Nursing). Among many of her service activities, Dr. Spetz has provided evidence-based technical guidance to the California Future Health Workforce Commission and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Situated within IHPS, School of Medicine, The Kang Presidential Chair serves as a platform for Dr. Spetz to help develop new ways of leveraging multiple, concurrent research, training, practice and service improvement programs related to health care financing across the campus, including the Center for Healthcare Value, the Caring Wisely program, the UC Health Accountable Care Organization, and research led by individual investigators. Apart from our own campus, she will also work with parallel and complementary efforts underway at UC-Berkeley, UC-Hastings School of Law, the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Health Care System, and Stanford University.

As California responds to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to assess strategies to expand health insurance coverage and improvements in overall health care delivery, the importance of health care finance will continue to increase exponentially. We are grateful to Brenda and Jeff L. Kang for this opportunity to bring together leaders of campus Centers, program directors, and individual investigators to collaborate across the campus as a means of supporting UC Health and other systems in leveraging new financing mechanisms to advance health care and reduce health disparities. 

The intent of these efforts is to help bring research evidence to state and national policy leaders as they implement innovative financing approaches aimed at improving health for all people.