MAY 2020

Joanne Spetz holds inaugural Kang Chair

Dr. Joanne Spetz  was recently appointed to serve as the first Brenda and Jeffrey L. Kang Presidential Chair in Healthcare Finance, situated within the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the UCSF School of Medicine.

We are most grateful to Dr. Kang and his wife for their vision and generosity in establishing a special focus on the role of healthcare financing in the delivery of health care and the importance of increasing research, training, and service endeavors to respond to the myriad ways that financing drives the disparities that confront so many individuals and their communities. Dr. Kang, MD, MPH, a UCSF medical school and UC Berkeley School of Public Health alumni, has had over 35 years of progressive, health care experience in four major areas - primary care, commercial health insurance, retail healthcare, and government. 

Dr. Spetz, a health economist (PhD, Stanford), brings unique skills to this position, given her longstanding research in health care financing and the healthcare workforce. The Kang Presidential Chair provides a unique a platform for Dr. Spetz to help develop new ways of leveraging multiple, concurrent research, training, practice and service improvement programs related to health care financing across the campus, including the Center for Healthcare Value, the Caring Wisely program, the UC Health Accountable Care Organization, and research led by individual investigators. Apart from our own campus, she will also work with parallel and complementary efforts underway at UC Berkeley, UC Hastings School of Law, the San Francisco Veteran’s Administration Health Care System, and Stanford University.

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In This Issue

Capturing the early experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, IHPS faculty detail the topics of racial and ethnic disparities (Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS); hospital medicine management (Megha Garg, MD, MPHS); digital patient self-triage and self-scheduling (Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH); experiences of patients with rheumatic diseases (Patti Katz, PhD); surgical department response (Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS and Elizabeth Wick, MD); and workforce issues (Joanne Spetz, PhD).  Read more.

A recent study from Yuri Cartier, MPH, Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD, and 
Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH (IHPS faculty) from the Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN), highlighted barriers and facilitators to health care systems’ implementation of community resource referral platforms. An associated Health Affairs blog highlights how early adopter 
organizations have leveraged these platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

As guest editor for a six paper special theme issue of the journal Value in HealthKathryn Phillips, PhD, and colleagues address methods for moving evaluation of precision medicine into practice and policy, intended for health economic researchers and other stakeholders. Read more.


In one of the first studies to look at the effects of California's paid family leave policy on parent health, Rita Hamad, MD, PhD and Justin White, PhD, along with their colleagues, found that the policy reduced stress, especially among mothers, and decreased alcohol consumption, particularly among fathers.
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PRL-IHPS Faculty In The News

Janet Coffman interviewed in Claims Journal
As Thousands Join, Few Rules for California Health Corps

Valerie Flaherman interviewed for NBC Bay Area 
How Does Coronavirus Affect Pregnancy and Newborns?

Valerie Flaherman interviewed in Undark
A Lack of Evidence for Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Stanton Glantz interviewed in San Francisco Chronicle
How smoking, vaping increase your risk of coronavirus

Stanton Glantz interviewed in U.S. News and World Report
E-Cigarettes as Bad for Arteries as Regular Smokes, Study Finds

Hilary Seligman interviewed on PBS News Hour
With schools shuttered, districts struggle to feed students and communities

Joanne Spetz interviewed in Times of San Diego
Hospital Layoffs Rising in California as Few Elective Procedures Are Performed

Tracey Woodruff quoted in Truthout
Climate Change Multiplies the Threats of Infectious Diseases

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviewed in The Press Stories
What researchers can learn from younger COVID-19 patients

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo interviewed on KQED radio
Why We Need Race, Ethnicity and Language Data to Beat COVID-19

Jahan Fahimi interviewed for KRON4
Health experts say second wave of COVID-19 possible

Jahan Fahimi, Margot Kushel and Hemal Kanzaria interviewed in STAT
As Covid-19 surges among San Francisco’s homeless, doctors face difficult choices

Margot Kushel interviewed in Nature
Coronavirus is spreading under the radar in US homeless shelters

Margot Kushel interviewed in the New York Times
Inside the Bay Area’s Geriatric Homeless Shelter

Robert Lustig interviewed in The Telegraph
It's time to have an honest conversation about the risks of excess weight

Anil Makam quoted in Victoria Advocate
Second COVID-19 outbreak reported in Victoria; 10 new cases announced

Maria Raven interviewed in San Francisco Examiner
Fear of COVID-19 may contribute to spike in deaths from other causes

Elizabeth Wick quoted in NBC News
Elective surgeries set to resume, with complications and concerns

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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