Naomi Bardach, MD selected to lead California's Safe Schools for All Team

Director's Notes 

As we begin a New Year, I have been reflecting on the PRL-IHPS origin story, which stems from Phil Lee's commitment to social justice and addressing the needs of disadvantaged populations. He understood that evidence-based health policy was one of many important components to striving toward a more equitable society. These roots create a shared mission for us, which dovetails with UCSF's mission as a whole.  When we look over the 49-year history of PRL-IHPS, we can see progress as well as the continued efforts we need to make.
This month, we will begin to explore health services and policy research underway at UCSF through our first-ever Health Services Research Symposium. This series, originally envisioned as a one-day event by our immediate past director Claire Brindis, offers four weeks of insights on the future of health care policy in the Biden administration, research on social determinants of health, healthcare value training and research within our health system and nationwide, and community-embedded health services research.  I hope you'll join the sessions, each of which will have an active Q&A with the audience. 
At the same time, our faculty and staff continue to conduct high-impact research and many are engaged in clinical care, quality improvement initiatives in the health system, and policy leadership at the state and federal level. An example of this is Naomi Bardach's recent appointment to lead the State of California's Safe Schools for All Team, working to implement policies to re-open California's schools safely during the pandemic. In the midst of a transitional period for our nation, marked by divisiveness and tumult, the steadfast focus of our community on improving health and healthcare holds promise for a brighter future.

Joanne Spetz

Naomi Bardach appointed to lead
California's Safe Schools for All Team
Dr. Naomi Bardach, PRL-IHPS core faculty, UCSF pediatrician and expert on school safety, will lead the Safe Schools for All Team, a
cross-agency team composed of dedicated staff from the California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA, and educational agencies. The Team will provide hands-on support to help schools develop and implement their COVID-19 Safety Plans. These supports include school visits and walk-throughs as needed, webinars and training materials and ongoing technical assistance. 
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Evaluation of Naloxone Furnishing Community Pharmacies in San Francisco 

In the first study to evaluate strategies used to implement naloxone furnishing programs within community pharmacy practice settings, Andy M. Nguyen, PharmD, Tom Kearney, PharmD, and Dorie Apollonio, PhD, identified guidelines that community pharmacies can use to engage patients and expand naloxone access and by doing so, help reduce opioid overdoses. The researchers detailed their findings in a Journal of the American Pharmacists Association article.  
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 Caring for Emergency Department Patients with
Complex Medical, Behavioral Health, and Social Needs  

Through its multidisciplinary approach and integration of medical, social, and behavioral health, an emergency department social medicine (EDSM) team improves care for individual patients according to Hemal Kanzaria, MD and colleagues in a recent JAMA article.
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PRL-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 regularly updated webpage. One recent publication is Jeff Belkora and colleagues, Prime Time for Consultation Audio Recordings: Supporting Shared Decision Making During and After the COVID-19 Era, published in JCO Oncology Practice. Read more about our work to address the COVID pandemic here.
Faculty Spotlight:

Ulrike Muench, PhD, MSN, RN 
Dr. Ulrike Muench is a nurse, nurse practitioner, and health services researcher with a program of research focus on the health care workforce. She has expertise working with large Medicare administrative claims data and numerous large survey data, including the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and American Community Survey. Dr. Muench is an associate professor at the UCSF School of Nursing in Social and Behavioral Sciences, affiliated faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and faculty at the Healthforce Center at UCSF.  Her research has been published in leading health care journals, including JAMA, NEJM, and Health Affairs. Read more about her current work here.

Upcoming Events

Accelerating our Impact on Health:
Methods, Strategies, and Opportunities
Join us for a 4-week virtual symposium (detailed information here)
Wednesdays, 12 - 1 pm PT
How Might Health and Pandemic Policy Change in the Biden Administration?
January 27, 2021, 12 - 1 pm, Webinar registration here

Advancing Health Equity: Health Services Research and Social Determinants of Health
February 3, 2021, 12 - 1 pm, Webinar registration here

Health System and Community-Embedded Health-Services Research
February 10, 2021, 12 - 1 pm, Webinar registration here

Focus on Healthcare Value: Accelerating Research at UCSF and Beyond
February 17, 2021, 12 - 1 pm, Webinar registration here
A Celebration of Life:
Philip R. Lee, MD

Please join us on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 12:00 pm, when we will honor the life of former UCSF Chancellor and Professor Emeritus of Social Medicine, Phillip R. Lee. A fierce advocate for racial equity and health care reform and an inspiring leader and life-long mentor, Dr. Lee made an indelible mark on the nation's health care environment.

We will celebrate his trailblazing career and momentous achievements and hear from many of his colleagues, family members, and friends from across the nation who were influenced and inspired by him. If you would like to contribute a story, memory, or other reflections in the memory of Dr. Lee to be included as part of a special website devoted to the memory of Dr. Lee, please contact Jay Sullivan ([email protected]).

Register for the event here.

PRL-IHPS Faculty In The News

Julia Adler-Milstein:
The Newest Weapon Against Covid-19: AI That Speed-Reads Faxes 

Janet Coffman and Renee Hsia:
How a Well-Meaning Health Policy Created California's Coronavirus Nightmare
(The Atlantic)

Mara Decker:
Fresno County Latino teens are studied for how they handle pandemic pressures 
(Fresno Bee)

Joanne Spetz;
California spent millions on ventilators. Why they're sitting unused during COVID surge 
(The Sacramento Bee)

Kim Rhoads:
UCSF Doctor Challenges Reports of High COVID-19 Rates in Black Community


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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