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Health Policy and the Fight for Equitable Healthcare Outcomes:
Why Access Isn’t Enough


IHPS Health Policy Grand Rounds

Wednesday, Apr 21, 12 - 1 pm, Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register here
Alyce Adams, PhD, Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor

Alyce AdamsUsing her research in prescription drug policy as an example, Dr. Adams will describe the intended and unintended impact of changes in health policy and practice on inequities in chronic disease treatment and outcomes among minority and underserved adults. Her work contributes to a growing body of empirical evidence that expanding access to health care services, while necessary, is not sufficient to address persistent disparities due to other structural determinants of health.

Finally, she will discuss promising research strategies for designing and testing effective and scalable solutions.

Dr. Adams is the Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, and of Medicine (Patient Centered Outcomes Research), as well as Associate Director for Health Equity and Community Engagement in the Stanford Cancer Institute. Focusing on racial and socioeconomic disparities in chronic disease treatment outcomes, Dr. Adams' interdisciplinary research seeks to evaluate the impact of changes in drug coverage policy on access to essential medications, understand the drivers of disparities in treatment adherence among insured populations, and test strategies for maximizing the benefits of treatment outcomes while minimizing harms through informed decision-making. Prior to joining Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Adams was a Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. From 2000 to 2008, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine (formerly Ambulatory Care and Prevention) at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She received her PhD in Health Policy and an MPP in Social Policy from Harvard University. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for AcademyHealth.
 


2020-21 UCSF Chancellor's Health Policy Lecture

Alice Chen, MD
CMO, Covered California

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 12 - 1 pm, Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register here

Alice ChenDr. Alice Hm Chen is chief medical officer at Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, which actively works to ensure that Californians can find affordable, high quality coverage.  In this role she is responsible for health care strategy focused on quality, equity, and delivery system transformation with the goal of improving health services provided through Covered California’s contracted health plans in service of improving access and outcomes for all Californians.  

Prior to joining Covered California, Dr. Chen served as deputy secretary for policy and planning and chief of clinical affairs for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS).  She led many of the Agency’s signature health policy initiatives on affordability and access, and played a leadership role in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of strategic reopening, hospital surge planning, equity, data analytics and therapeutics.  

She has a long history of leadership in enhancing access and quality of care for vulnerable communities through patient care, teaching, policy and advocacy, delivery system innovation, and administrative leadership across a variety of settings, including community health, philanthropy and academia.  Dr. Chen spent 15 years on the faculty of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she served as its chief integration officer and founding director of the eConsult program.  She subsequently served as inaugural chief medical officer and deputy director for the San Francisco Health Network, where she was responsible for providing clinical and operational leadership, vision, and direction for the City’s $2 billion a year publicly funded delivery system encompassing primary, specialty, mental health, substance use, acute care, trauma, long term, jail health, and homeless health care services.  

Dr. Chen has published over 50 book chapters, research and peer-reviewed articles, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Health Affairs.  She has served on the board of several non-profits and foundations, and currently serves as board president of The Health Initiative.  In 2019, she was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers.  

A graduate of Yale University, Stanford University Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Chen's training includes a primary care internal medicine residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  She is an alumna of the Commonwealth Fund Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, the Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship, the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program and the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.  

Proficient in Mandarin and Spanish, she maintains an active primary care practice at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and holds an appointment as clinical professor of medicine at UCSF. 


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