OUR PEOPLE

Claire Brindis, DrPH

Distinguished Professor
Emerita Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
Co-Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Research Center
School of Medicine
490 Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
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Education and Training

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, B.A. - 1972 Sociology, Cum Laude

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, M.P.H. - 1973 Public Health

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Dr.PH - 1982 Public Health/Behavioral Sciences

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, - 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion Training

Awards and Honors

Special Recognition Award | 1988
Special Recognition Award, California Alliance Concerned with School Age Parents, 1988
California Alliance Concerned with School Age Parents

Community Leadership Award | 1991
Community Leadership Award, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Washington, D.C., 1991
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Integrity Award | 1994
Integrity Award, Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, U.S. Department of Health, Human, 1994
Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, U.S. Department of Health, Human

Distinguished Service to the Public and the State of California | 2000
Distinguished Service to the Public and the State of California, California State Senate Resolution, State of California, 2000
California State Senate Resolution, State of California

Beverlee A. Meyer Award in Excellence | 2000
Beverlee A. Meyer Award in Excellence, California Department of Health Services, 2000
California Department of Health Services

Mark Pearlman Outstanding Service Award | 2000
Mark Pearlman Outstanding Service Award, California Child, Youth and Family Coalition, 2000
California Child, Youth and Family Coalition

Women Faculty Recognition Award | 2001
Women Faculty Recognition Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2001
University of California, San Francisco

Collaborative Award Winner, Special Recognition Award | 2001
Collaborative Award Winner, Special Recognition Award, Maternal and Child Health Branch, California Department of Health Services, 2001
Maternal and Child Health Branch, California Department of Health Services

John C. MacQueen Lecture Award | 2001
John C. MacQueen Lecture Award, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, 2001
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Champions of Diversity | 2003
Champions of Diversity, University of California, San Francisco, 2003
University of California, San Francisco

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women | 2004
Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, Fellow-Hedwig van Ameringen, 2004
Fellow-Hedwig van Ameringen

Morris Blum Memorial Lecture, Pediatric Grand Rounds | 2005
Morris Blum Memorial Lecture, Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of Minnesota, 2005
University of Minnesota

Commendation by Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante Honoring Outstanding Research on Adolescent a | 2005
Commendation by Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante Honoring Outstanding Research on Adolescent a, State of California, 2005
State of California

Directors Award: In Recognition of Contributions Made to the Health of Infants, Mothers, Children, A | 2005
Directors Award: In Recognition of Contributions Made to the Health of Infants, Mothers, Children, A, Federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau, 2005
Federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Special Election Award | 2005
Special Election Award, Campaign for Teen Safety, 2005
Campaign for Teen Safety

Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care | 2006
Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care, Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2006
Society for Adolescent Medicine

Outstanding Researcher Award in honor of the dedication and leadership in the field of adolescent pr | 2006
Outstanding Researcher Award in honor of the dedication and leadership in the field of adolescent pr, Healthy Teen Network, 2006
Healthy Teen Network

Award for service on No on 85 Campaign 'Above and Beyond' | 2006
Award for service on No on 85 Campaign 'Above and Beyond', Campaign for Teen Safety, 2006
Campaign for Teen Safety

Champion Award for vision and commitment in creating and sustaining the California Office of Family | 2006
Champion Award for vision and commitment in creating and sustaining the California Office of Family, California Family Health Council, Inc, 2006
California Family Health Council, Inc

Chancellors Award for the Advancement of Women, 'In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the | 2009
Chancellors Award for the Advancement of Women, 'In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
University of California, San Francisco

Telly Award, Bronze Award | 2009
Telly Award, Bronze Award, Telly Award for Film, 'A Question of Hope', Social Issues Category, 2009
Telly Award for Film, 'A Question of Hope', Social Issues Category

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) member | 2011
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) member, Elected Member, 2011
Elected Member

Alumni Hall of Fame: Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Public Health | 2012
Alumni Hall of Fame: Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Public Health, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2012
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement | 2014
Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement, American Public Health Association: Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section, 2014
American Public Health Association: Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health Section

Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award | 2016
Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award, UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program, 2016
UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program

75th Anniversary Honoree “In Recognition of 75 Most Influential Public Health Alumni” | 2018
75th Anniversary Honoree “In Recognition of 75 Most Influential Public Health Alumni”, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, 2018
UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Pioneer Award | 2020
Pioneer Award, School-Based Alliance, 2020
School-Based Alliance

Martha May Eliot Award in Maternal and Child Health | 2020
Martha May Eliot Award in Maternal and Child Health, APHA, 2020
APHA

2020 Title V Lifetime Achievement Award | 2021
2020 Title V Lifetime Achievement Award, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 2021
Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Edward A.Dickson Emerita Professor Award | 2022
Edward A.Dickson Emerita Professor Award, UCSF, 2022-2024
UCSF
Overview
Claire Brindis, DrPH, is a Distinguished Emerita Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy (on Recall), Department of Pediatrics and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences and Emerita Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Brindis is also the Co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center(http://nahic.ucsf.edu). She is also a Founding Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and IHPS, UCSF.

Incorporating a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as community participatory research, Dr. Brindis’ research focuses on program evaluation and the translation of research into policy at the local, state, and national level. As a bilingual, bi-cultural researcher, Dr. Brindis’ research and personal commitment focus on ameliorating the impact of social, health, and economic disparities among ethnic/racial populations, with a particular focus on women, young adults, and adolescents and reproductive health. For example, in the area of reproductive health, Dr. Brindis led a multidisciplinary evaluation team evaluating California’s Office of Family Planning’s Family PACT program, a Federal 1115 Medicaid waiver. Evaluation findings indicate that this program has successfully served annually nearly 1.3 million women and men, helping to avert approximately 300,000 pregnancies per year annually. For every dollar spent on the program, an estimated savings of $5.83 in medical and social costs is realized through the prevention of unintended pregnancies up to five years after birth.

Dr. Brindis’ policy research focuses on how disparities impact health outcomes, including access to quality care and health insurance coverage, as well as examining the impact of migration and acculturation, as well as social determinants of health, on Latinx. Research interests also include consumer engagement in health care system re-design, tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on adolescents, young adults, and women, including barriers encountered in enrolling these and other marginalized populations, assuring the delivery of confidential care in an era of electronic health care records, effective substance abuse treatment strategies, with a special lens on women’s health, and research on the health and mental health needs of Dreamers (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA), Other research projects include evaluations of the state of California’s comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention programs, the UCSF Pre-term Birth Initiative, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism’s Health Disparities Media Fellowship Program, and the effectiveness of water policies in California schools. Throughout these and other projects, Dr. Brindis is committed to the translation of research into action, as well as pursuing strategies for closing the gap between evidence-based innovation and its application to policy and programs. As a result, within the interface of research and public policy, Dr. Brindis is often called upon to help a variety of community groups, local, state, and the federal government, and international entities in helping to translate research findings for purposes of policy planning and development of new program interventions. As a policy advisor to federal, state and local policymakers and private foundations, her research has been utilized extensively in the planning of state and federal initiatives, including the implementation of the first school-based health center in California, the development of a statewide adolescent pregnancy prevention initiative, the development of the first California strategic plan for adolescent health, as well as at the federal level, the development of essential health benefits for women’s preventive health services.

Apart from numerous peer-review journal articles, Dr. Brindis, along with the UCSF Center on Social Disparities in Health and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, completed research and developed a film aimed at policymakers and communities, entitled, “A Question of Hope: Reducing Latina Teen Childbearing in California” (http://bixbycenter.ucsf.edu/videos/video-lo-1.html;) Spanish version: http://bixbycenter.ucsf.edu/videos/video-lo-3.html). In addition, she has also co-authored a monograph on implementing the Healthy People 2010 Adolescent Health Objectives, with the CDC and the Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, “Improving Adolescent Health: A Guidebook for States and Communities” (http://nahic.ucsf.edu) and co-authored a report “Creating a Health Research and Policy Agenda for Im/migration Between Mexico and California” http://bixbycenter.ucsf.edu/publications. Dr. Brindis co-authored “Advocacy and Policy Change Evaluation: Theory and Practice (Stanford Press, 2017).

Dr. Brindis is past chair of the Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section of the American Public Health Association (2003-2004) and the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth, Washington D.C. (2003-2005). Dr. Brindis has served on many expert panels, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures, the Committee on Preventive Services for Women, the Committee on the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, and the Committee on Neurobiological and Social-Behavioral Research on Adolescent Health. At UCSF, she is past chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. She is the recipient of numerous state and national awards, including the California Department of Health Services with the 2000 Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Washington, DC, with the annual 2001 John C. MacQueen Lecture Award, the 2005 Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director's Award: “In recognition of Contributions Made to the Health of Infants, Mothers, Children, Adolescents & Children with Special Needs”, the UCSF’s Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women in 2009, election to the IOM (now National Academy of Medicine) in 2010 and elected to the NAM Council in 2019, the selection in 2012 as Alumni Hall of Fame awardee from the UCLA School of Public Health, the 2014 Carl Schultz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association, UCSF’s Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2016, and in 2019, selected as one of the UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health’s most influential alumni on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary of its establishment.- See more at: http://healthpolicy.ucsf.edu/people/claire-brindis-drph#sthash.KvzG0BOg.dpuf