Claire and Ralph Brindis

Director's Notes 

Thanks to all of you for your support as I delve into the role of Director. There is a tremendous amount of support for the wide-ranging role that IHPS plays across UCSF and the nation, and we have many opportunities to increase the impact of our collective work.

Toward this end, Claire and Ralph Brindis generously established the Claire D. and Ralph G. Brindis Endowed Professorship in Health Policy Studies, which is held by the Director of IHPS and supports our activities. The endowment revenue will be applied to both continuing work and new initiatives – you can read more about it here.

IHPS' transition to a new director was also marked by the loss of our founding director, Phil Lee.  Numerous remembrances and tributes to his legacy have been written over the past month, which we are compiling into a webpage that will be visible soon. His family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Philip R. Lee Next Generation Fund, which supports post-doctoral scholars at IHPS. If you are moved to join me in honoring Phil, please consider a contribution.

Joanne Spetz

Philip R. Lee Next Generation Fund 
As part of the ongoing celebration of the life of Dr. Philip R. Lee, please join us in honoring his incredible legacy by supporting the Philip R. Lee Next Generation Fund at IHPS.

The purpose of this fund is to support fellows at IHPS and build on Dr. Lee's lifelong commitment to improving health care and serving as a mentor to future health policy leaders.

To make a gift, visit this site.

To learn more about Dr. Lee and his ongoing impact on health policy, visit this site.

Cancer and Climate Change

Although the effect of climate change on cancer remains largely unquantified, a scoping review in The Lancet Oncology by Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD and colleagues indicates several pathways through which climate change increases cancer risk, incidence, and mortality. The researchers suggest various clinical, behavioral, and policy solutions that can limit climate change and minimize any potential excess cancer cases that might occur as a result. 

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Natural and Unnatural Experiments in Epidemiology

In the past 1-2 decades, the use of natural experiments to produce more rigorous estimates of the effects of various risk factors on health has proliferated. Natural experiments have the potential to build a rich and convincing evidence base about the effects of neighborhood characteristics and other social factors, helping guide interventions to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable populations writes Rita Hamad, MD, PhD, in a recent Epidemiology article.

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IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid-cycle research and technical assistance. A compilation of their work to date is available on a webpage that is updated regularly. One recent publication is Hilary Seligman and colleagues, A conceptual model for understanding the rapid COVID-19-related increase in food insecurity and its impact on health and healthcare, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read more about our work to address the COVID pandemic here.
Faculty Spotlight:
Alissa Bernstein-Sideman, PhD, MA
Alissa Bernstein, PhD, MPH, MA is a medical anthropologist and health policy researcher focused on understanding and improving the assessment, diagnosis, and care of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, with a specific focus on primary care. She also conducts research focused on care navigation to support people with dementia and their caregivers and building palliative care approaches in memory care settings.

Dr. Bernstein teaches fellows and Master's students on topics that include qualitative research methods, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and human-centered design. Dr. Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences within the UCSF School of Medicine, and is core faculty in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, as well as faculty in the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF.  Read more.

National Clinician Scholar Program
2021 Cohort Announced

The UCSF National Clinician Scholar Program, housed at IHPS, is thrilled to announce their seven National Clinician Scholars for 2021-2023!  They are, each one of them, excited to join our institution and to learn from our faculty beginning July 2021. Read more about the scholars and their research interests here.

Upcoming Events

Accelerating our Impact on Health:
Methods, Strategies, and Opportunities
Join us for a 4-week virtual symposium
Wednesdays, 12 - 1 pm PT

Registration begins January, 2021
January 27: Health care policy under the Biden/Harris administration

February 3: Advancing Health Equity: Health Services Research and Social Determinants of Health

February 10:Health System and Community-Embedded Health-Services Research 

February 17: Healthcare Value

A Twitter poster session will occur during the four weeks.  We have room for an additional 25 posters.  Please submit your abstract here by December 18.

PRL-IHPS Faculty In The News

Julia Adler-Milstein:
Why experts say healthcare needs to extend the interoperability conversation to public health (Fierce Healthcare)

Ralph Gonzales:
The Covid Risks in the Workplace Break Room (Wall Street Journal)

Wendy Max:
Medical Students Push to Add Climate Change to the Curriculum (Inside Science)

Kim Rhoads:
United in health: the quest to test Black residents for Covid-19 (Mission Local)

Joanne Spetz:
As Holidays Arrive, California Faces A Shortage Of In-Home Caregivers 
(Capital Public Radio)


About The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS) contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service. Our special competence lies in translating research across disciplines and fields to inform health policy. We undertake this work with a commitment to improve health and health care within local, state, national, and international communities and with a focus on improving the health of vulnerable populations.

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