JULY 2020

Claire Brindis steps down as IHPS Director

Claire Brindis, DrPH has stepped down as Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF, after 11 years.  Daniel Dohan, PhD, will serve in an interim capacity until a new Director is selected.

Read Claire Brindis' Director's message here.

In This Issue


In the first study of work-life balance of the long-term care workforce, Ulrike Muench, RN, PhD, Matthew Jura, PhD, Joanne Spetz, PhD, and colleagues found that employers and policymakers need to develop strategies to support wage mobility, career advancement, and employer-integrated benefits to build a healthier workforce.

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The tobacco industry’s role in Louisiana tobacco control policy is detailed in a new report by Tanner Wakefield, BA and Stanton Glantz, PhD, for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.

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In a supplement to Annals of Internal Medicine, guest editors Andrew Auerbach, MD, MPH and David  W. Bates, MD, MSc, curated a selection of papers that raise issues and provide an overview of the opportunities available by electronic health records (EHRs).  The individual articles provide specific guidance to researchers focused in that specific area, and as a group frame a blueprint for digital health research using EHRs.

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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 in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  from Patti Katz, PhD and Gabriela Schmajuk, MD and colleagues is "Characteristics associated with hospitalisation for COVID-19 in people with rheumatic disease:data from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance physician-reported registry".

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Faculty Spotlight: Rita Hamad, MD, PhD

Dr. Hamad’s research focuses on the pathways linking poverty and education with health disparities across the life course. Learn more about her current work examining the health effects of racial segregation in education. 

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PRL-IHPS Faculty In The News

Naomi Bardach on KGO TV
Reopening California: Summer camps start up in Bay Area, could be trial run for fall school openings

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo in the Los Angeles Times, UCSF News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Daily Democrat, Vox, The Mercury News,  and WBUR
Some shun wearing masks even though they’re essential coronavirus protection

UCSF Community Confronts Racial Inequities Amid Ongoing Nationwide Protests

UCSF studying stem cells as possible coronavirus treatment

Why are we at war over face masks?

Recklessness or reopening: Why are more young people getting coronavirus?

California’s slide from coronavirus success to danger zone began Memorial Day

After 100 days of sheltering in the Bay Area, what have we learned about the coronavirus?

How California went from a coronavirus success story to a worrying new hot spot

Recklessness or reopening: Why are more young people getting coronavirus?

Coronavirus Cases Jump In Northern California At State Prison And Rural Counties

Some California cities will fine those who don't wear masks

Jahan Fahimi interviewed in SF Gate and the San Francisco Chronicle
These are the riskiest activities to do during the coronavirus pandemic

‘There’s no way we can go back to what we were before’: The Bay Area is learning to live with the coronavirus

Stan Glantz interviewed in Health24 and the Deseret News
E-cigarettes as bad for arteries as regular smokes, study finds

Here’s what the science says about the links between religion and health

Kevin Grumbach in the San Francisco Chronicle (2 articles)
Bay Briefing: Doctors give green light to come in for a checkup

Bay Area doctors worry about patients skipping preventive medical care during coronavirus pandemic

Rita Hamad quoted in New York Times
How 132 Epidemiologists Are Deciding When to Send Their Children to School

Renee Hsia in the New York Times
Most Coronavirus Tests Cost About $100. Why Did One Cost $2,315?

Margot Kushel interviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, KJZZ, Salon, The City,
Hundreds of homeless people in southeast SF tested for coronavirus

Grappling With Homelessness In The Time Of Coronavirus

With affordable housing already scarce, Oakland is poised for a post-pandemic homelessness boom

COVID Tore Through NYC Homeless Shelters. But Residents Were Kept in the Dark

How bureaucracy kept the Bay Area from housing the houseless

Monica McLemore in The Hill
Help reverse devastating health disparities by supporting the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act

Marissa Raymond-Flesch on KGO 
Virtual doctor visits likely to continue after pandemic despite insurance coverage cuts

Rita Redberg in Mission Local
UCSF Medical Grand Rounds: Pushing the speed limit on papers and vaccines

Jack Resneck in Medical Economics
Reforming the prior authorization process

Maria Raven in Emergency Medicine News
Coding for Homelessness Helps Patients and EDs

Kim Rhoads in San Francisco Bay View
COVID-19, more reality than myth: Dr. Kim Rhoads breaks down the virus

Hilary Seligman interviewed in California Health Report
How Grocery Shopping Online Could Help Close Equity Gaps

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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