Water Access in the USA: Health Disparities Abound and Solutions Are Urgently Needed

August 11, 2017
The tragedy in Flint, Michigan, riveted the public health community to the problem of water access, highlighting its pernicious influence on low-income, minority families. In the United States, nearly one in two adults and one in four children do not drink tap water on a given day, with even more...

Trumpcare: Is It The Right Treatment For What Ails The American Health-Care System?

August 09, 2017
All health-care systems must strike a delicate balance between cost, quality and access. Though Obamacare focused largely on increasing access to coverage and spreading the cost of illness across the entire population, Trumpcare tips the balance largely in favor of reducing federal spending, at the...

Physician Participation in Medi-Cal: Is Supply Meeting Demand?

By Janet M. Coffman and Margaret Fix on July 07, 2017
Enrollment in Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, surged with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), from 8.6 million in September 2013 to 13.4 million three years later. Medi-Cal now covers nearly one in three Californians. These Medi-Cal enrollees benefit from no- or low-cost...
Travel Ban Highlights Importance of Immigrant Physicians

Travel Ban Highlights Importance of Immigrant Physicians to California Health Care

May 18, 2017
Travel Ban Highlights Importance of Immigrant Physicians to California Health Care

Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

April 25, 2017
Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. 

New book by Annette L. Gardner and Claire D. Brindis 

April 24, 2017
New book by Annette L. Gardner and Claire D. Brindis Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation Theory and Practice

Association Between Emergency Department Closure & Treatment

February 07, 2017
Association Between Emergency Department Closure and Treatment, Access, and Health Outcomes Among Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction Yu-Chu Shen and Renee Y. Hsia. Circulation. 2016;134:1595-1597 Read more

Joe Guydish published in Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 

January 28, 2017
Drug abuse staff and clients smoking together: A shared addiction

Tracey Woodruff interviewed on NPR

January 26, 2017
The relationship between the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency is off to a rough start. The new administration has instructed officials to freeze its grants and contracts, external communication has been frozen, and academic papers by agency scientists may be subject to...

Medi-Cal Patients Struggle to Find Primary Care

October 11, 2016
A California Health Care Foundation study found that only 55% of primary care physicians are accepting new Medi-Cal patients. Janet Coffman, PhD, associate professor of health policy at UCSF, who led the study, comments on the difficulty of finding primary care for patients.  Read more: http://www....