IHPS Health Policy Grand Rounds

Upcoming Health Policy Grand Rounds (Wednesdays from 12-1 PT)

February 16, 2022 - Justin White, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Economics in the UCSF School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

March 16, 2022 - Ninez Ponce, MPP, PhD, Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy

Past Health Policy Grand Rounds

Challenges to controlling health care spending in Massachusetts

January 19, 2022

David Auerbach, PhD
Senior Director for Research and Cost Trends
Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

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David Auerbach, PhD is a health economist and currently Senior Director for Research and Cost Trends at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. His team analyzes data from the state’s all-payer claims database, hospital discharge data, survey data, and other sources to understand and report on salient and policy-relevant trends and cost drivers in Massachusetts and to make recommendations to reduce the cost of health care in the state. Prior to working at the HPC, he was a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation in Boston and prior to that, he was a principal analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington DC where he co-developed the model used to analyze the Affordable Care Act. He is also a national expert on the nursing workforce and an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He has a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.


“If you don’t enforce, COVID enforces”: Public Health Leadership for CA School Reopening in COVID-19

December 15, 2021

Naomi Bardach, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy
Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and UCSF, Pediatrics 
Vice Chair of Health Services Research, Department of Pediatrics
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Jennifer GrandisDr. Bardach is an Professor of Pediatrics and Policy in the Department of Pediatrics and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California San Francisco. She is Vice Chair of Health Services Research in the Department of Pediatrics. In recognition of her passion and capacity for mentoring, she received the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Mentoring Award for Associate Professors in 2020. Her research program is focused on improving the quality of inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, with a foundation in implementation and dissemination science. She is co-investigator on two of the AHRQ-funded U18 Pediatric Quality Measurement Program (PQMP) grants to support development and testing of pediatric quality measures. Clinical conditions of focus for those grants are asthma, sickle cell, mental health, and inpatient to outpatient transitions of care. As PI of an NICHD-funded R01, she is collecting reports on patient safety events from family and patients on the pediatric inpatient unit at the point of care, and making those reports rapidly available to clinicians and quality improvement staff. Specific areas of interest for Dr. Bardach are: quality measurement; the use of the measures in interventions such as, public reporting, internal quality improvement, and financial incentive programs, to drive better health outcomes for children and reduce disparities in care; and leveraging technology to integrate patient and caregiver voices into quality improvement efforts.

Improving Access to Prescription Drugs through Policy Change

November 18, 2021

Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Policy
Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research
Health Policy PhD Program Director (ANSIRH)
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Jennifer GrandisDr. Dusetzina is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and an Ingram associate professor of cancer research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is a health services researcher focusing on the intersection between health policy, epidemiology, and economics related to prescription drugs. Dr. Dusetzina’s work has contributed to the evidence base for the role of drug costs on patient access to care and policy changes that might improve patient access to high-priced drugs. She has authored or co-authored approximately 170 peer reviewed studies related to health policy and access to and use of prescription drugs.

She has been recognized for her work at a national level, including regularly engaging with the press on the topic of drug pricing and policy, co-authoring a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on “Making Medicines Affordable”, and being selected to serve on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission earlier this year.


An Update on Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice - Policy Implications

October 20, 2021

Monica McLemore, RN, MPH, PhD, FAAN
Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair
Associate Professor, Family Health Care Nursing Department
Research Scientist, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)
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Jennifer GrandisAt the University of California, San Francisco, Monica McLemore is a tenured associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career. Her program of research is grounded in reproductive justice, a lens she use to understand reproductive health and rights for people with the capacity for pregnancy. Her work is grounded in the hypothesis that if we center the most marginalized people, care improves for everyone.


The Impact of Childhood Nutrition Assistance on Child and Family Health and Nutrition

September 15, 2021

Marianne Bitler, PhD
Professor of Economics, UC Davis Department of Economics, NBER, & IZA
UC Network on Child Health, Poverty, and Public Policy  
UC Davis Center for Poverty and Inequality Research 
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Jennifer GrandisMarianne Bitler is a professor of economics at UC Davis, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at IZA, and a Research Affiliate of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty. Her work focuses on the effects of social programs on disadvantaged populations, economic demography, and health economics. A substantive share of her work is about the food assistance landscape in the US. She has served on a number of National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panels on topics related to food assistance programs and the redesign of the SIPP. Her work has been funded by NICHD, NIA, RWJ, and the ACS.



Evidence Policy Influence Collaboration: An ongoing "EPIC" journey

August 18, 2021

Lisa Bero, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, University of Colorado
Chief Scientist, Center for Bioethics and Humanities
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Jennifer GrandisProfessor Bero has over 25 years of experience providing international leadership for multidisciplinary teams that specialize in studying the quality, use and implementation of research for health and health policy.  She is Senior Editor, Research Integrity for the Cochrane Collaboration.  She is also Public Health and Health System Network Senior Editor and was Co-Chair of the Cochrane Governing Board 2014-18.

Dr. Bero has developed and validated qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing bias in the design, conduct and dissemination of research on pharmaceuticals, as well as tobacco, food and chemicals. She has pioneered the utilization of internal industry documents and transparency databases to understand corporate tactics and motives for influencing research evidence. 

She is internationally recognized for her work on evidence synthesis, bias, conflicts of interest and use of evidence in decisions as shown by media coverage, speaking invitations and service on international committees, such as World Health Organization Essential Medicines and guideline committees.

Policy, Pundits, and Pandemics: Crisis decision-making at the speed of COVID

July 21, 2021

Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH
State Public Health Officer and Director, California Department of Public Health
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Jennifer GrandisTomás J. Aragón is the Health Officer of City & County of San Francisco, and Director of the Population Health Division (PHD) at the SF Department of Public Health. As health officer, he excercises leadership and legal authority to protect and improve population health and health equity.





Understanding How Gender Shapes Careers in Academic Medicine

May 12, 2021

Jennifer Grandis, MD, American Cancer Society Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, UCSF
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Jennifer GrandisDr. Jennifer R. Grandis is currently writing a book about gender and academic medicine.
She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, and completed her internship from the same institution. Dr. Grandis completed both a residency and an Infectious Disease fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UCSF, Dr. Grandis was the UPMC Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Surgical Research and Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology and Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. She led the Head and Neck Cancer Program and was the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology.



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

April 21, 2021

Alyce Adams, PhD, Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor
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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.

The Future of Health Services Research: Innovation, Improvement and Equity

Mar 24, 2021

Lisa Simpson, MB, B.Ch., MPH, FAAP,
President and CEO, AcademyHealth

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Dr. Lisa Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011.
A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the
translation of research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 100 articles and commentaries
in peer reviewed journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare,
particularly for children and vulnerable populations. 

Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent eight years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an
Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the
Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of
Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from
1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Accountable Care and
the National Health Council. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the National Academy of
Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).