Conflicts of interest between the sugary food and beverage industry

July 19, 2019
Oral health at a tipping point: new Lancet Series lays out why oral health has been neglected and argues that radical public health action is needed. Comment on Conflicts of interest between the sugary food and beverage industry by Cristin Kearns,  and Lisa Bero

Medicare for All and Private Insurance: It is like mixing oil and water

July 19, 2019
Editorial by James Kahn, MD, emeritus professor at the The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF,  examines the potential role of private insurance in Medicare for All (M4A) or single payer health care. Read more:

California to Pay Off $58.6 million in Student Loans in Exchange for Treatment of Medi-Cal Patients

July 08, 2019
California will be paying off $58.6 million in studentloans this year for 247 physicians who, in exchange, committed to serve patients covered by Medi-Cal.Janet Coffman, associate professor at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, comments on the benefit to Medi-Cal patients. 

Nursing Demand and Supply in California: Do We Have A Shortage?

July 02, 2019
Concerns about a shortage of registered nurses in California have been rising, with one report claiming that California will need nearly 200,000 more nurses by 2030. Other studies show that there will be no statewide shortages, but that some regions face impending shortages and others may have...

Jennifer Yarger appeared before Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health

July 02, 2019
Informational Hearing: California’s Reproductive Health Needs Jennifer Yarger, Social Demographer at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, appeared on June 27 to give testimony before the California State Assembly Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health. Link to Video Clip

Study: Stay in School to Skip Heart Disease

June 25, 2019
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the new findings suggest addressing social factors like education may be key for health care providers and policymakers seeking to improve heart disease outcomes.

Aging in Community: Strategies for LGBTQ Seniors and Beyond

June 20, 2019
Jason Flatt leads a discussion at the Commonweath Club about the challenges and new opportunities facing LGBTQ seniors. We'll hear about the latest research into what seniors need to age and thrive at home, even if their health worsens or they experience cognitive changes. Our panelists will also...

Nurse Practitioners Can Help Close California’s Primary Care Gap

June 20, 2019
According to a September 2018 paper in Health Affairs, “Nurse practitioners are well prepared to help fill care gaps arising from shortages of primary care physicians in California.” Those shortages have the greatest effect on the nearly 8 million Californians living in the state’s 640 primary...