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CHPR offers affiliated faculty our knowledge and experience in various research methods, policy analyses and research administration.

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Research spotlight

Exploring emergency-primary care team partnership to improve opioid treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded us a grant to develop and test a team-based strategy to improve treatment for patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The focus will be on the long-term use of buprenorphine, a potent treatment for OUD. Led by Stephen Henry, associate professor of internal medicine, our research team will help design an intervention that supports low-income and other vulnerable patients who seek OUD care in emergency departments.

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  • MAY 2024

    COVID-19 impacts on frontline physicians

    A new paper published in Vaccine explores physician communications strategies to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. The findings suggest that many physicians engage with vaccine hesitant patients to encourage vaccine uptake and that research is needed to define the most effective strategies.

    Read more about COVID's impact on physicians
  • May 2024

    CA Quits works to advance tobacco treatment for the Medi-Cal population

    Since 2018, the CA Quits statewide project has focused on the implementation of tobacco treatment best practices with health systems and health plans serving California’s low-income population. The project is housed at the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research.

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  • April 2024

    Students get research experience through health equity-focused internship

    The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research hosted four undergraduate students interested in health equity. The students interned at the Center from January through March 2024 as part of the Quarter at Aggie Square’s Advancing Health Care Equity experience.

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  • March 2024

    Report finds state’s mental health programs need funding, community engagement

    Researchers evaluated California’s mental health crisis management and prevention programs in a report that called for more sustainable programs and community collaborations to support people with mental illness. The report's contributors include staff and faculty affiliates from the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. 

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  • March 2024

    New report highlights impact of roadway air pollution on indoor air quality

    A new report by the UC-led California State Policy Evidence Consortium investigates the impact of near-roadway air pollution on indoor air quality. Dominique Ritley and Katrine Padilla, researchers at the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, contributed to the report. 

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  • March 2024

    How health policy experts help lawmakers make evidence-based decisions

    Upon request from the state legislative health committees, the California Health Benefits Review Program provides analyses of the medical, financial, and public health impacts of legislation affecting health insurance benefits and mandates. The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research coordinates the program's UC Davis team.

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  • March 2024

    CHPR to host inaugural Applied Research Symposium

    The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research invites you to join the inaugural Applied Research Symposium, which will be held in-person and online via Zoom on March 21, 2024. All UC Davis faculty, students and staff are encouraged to register for the symposium.

    Learn more and register
  • February 2024

    Paper finds novel weight-loss, telewellness program makes financial sense

    A new economic analysis of a telewellness, weight loss study found that a community-based “whole health” program is a cost-effective approach to improving wellness among vulnerable populations. The analysis was published in AJPM Focus by a team from the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research.

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  • February 2024

    Advancing healthcare quality and safety: Q&A with Patrick Romano

    Patrick Romano is a healthcare quality expert who leads the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research's quality and safety research, including the AHRQ Quality Indicators program. The award supporting this work was recently renewed for three years with $1.4 million of funding. In this Q&A, Romano discusses the importance of healthcare quality and safety research and his latest work.

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  • January 2024

    CHPR looks back on 30 years of research, policy and education

    As we enter our 30th year in 2024, staff and faculty at the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research are reflecting on the Center’s accomplishments and looking forward to the future.

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  • October 2023

    Prescription drug monitoring: Updating California’s patient safety alerts

    The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research was awarded the 2023 Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program grant to develop updated patient safety alerts.

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