A reflection of a medical vehicle near the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.Established in 1994 as the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care by founding director Klea Bertakis, MD, MPH, the Center’s initial focus was on the role of primary care in the healthcare system and the interrelationship between healthcare delivery, costs, and patient outcomes in primary care.  In 2006, the Center was renamed the “Center for Healthcare Policy and Research” to reflect this expanded interdisciplinary mission to facilitate research, promote education, and inform policy about health and healthcare.

Since our inception in 1994, the faculty and staff of the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) has been conducting interdisciplinary and collaborative research and research synthesis to improve health outcomes and services, educating the next generation of health services researchers, and assisting policymakers in formulating effective health policies.

We are the only UC Davis resource that supports interdisciplinary, innovative research on healthcare outcomes, access, quality and costs, and educates trainees in research methods on comparative effectiveness, healthcare costs, quality of care, and patient-centered outcomes. Our goal is to provide rigorous evidence, via our research findings and syntheses, which can be used to improve health outcomes and health policies—in California, across the US, and throughout the world. 


Our mission—to facilitate research, promote education, and inform policy about health and healthcare—is realized through research and training, research synthesis, and focused dissemination of research findings. Center-affiliated faculty researchers represent a broad spectrum of disciplines from across the University.


Our research staff members—comprised of statisticians, programmers, health policy analysts, and qualitative and quantitative researchers— facilitate research by working with UC Davis faculty and collaborators at other institutions.

Our teams inform evidence-based healthcare policies by conducting research syntheses on key health issues for policymaking bodies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and by providing timely analyses of health-related legislation to the California State Legislature through the UC-led California Health Benefits Review Program. Individual members of CHPR’s Core Faculty also inform healthcare policies by participating as voting members on influential panels like the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF).

CHPR members and staff work together in teams to conduct an array of research and policy analysis projects. In the past 3 years, to improve collaboration and enhance visibility, our research and research synthesis work has coalesced around three program areas:

  1. Healthcare Quality and Safety
  2. Mental Health and Substance Use Research
  3. Evidence to Inform Clinical Care and Health Policy

The impact of this work is demonstrated by its application to analysis of proposed health-related legislation, national guidelines on preventive services and substance use, statewide mental health program evaluation, and national quality metrics. In addition, recent mergers with the Center for Health Decisions (CHD) and the Population Health Group (PHG) have substantially expanded CHPR’s capacity in community engagement, enabling work at the intersection of healthcare and community. 

Training and career development is a key element of CHPR’s value. CHPR has a long tradition of research training with many years of externally funded training grants run by CHPR leadership team members. Over the last 15 years, CHPR has been the home of three federally funded post-doctoral training programs.


CHPR faculty members are the key to accomplishing our mission of facilitating interdisciplinary research on health outcomes, quality, access and costs. CHPR offers memberships to UC Davis faculty and visiting scholars and affiliate memberships to students and individuals from external organizations. We proactively identify opportunities for collaboration and networking across disciplines that are unlikely to occur otherwise.

A Membership with CHPR provides access to CHPR’s grant development and grant administration services, mentorship by senior research faculty, networking opportunities with researchers across disciplines with similar research interests, and inclusion in all CHPR research and policy seminars. Affiliate members from California state agencies, healthcare systems other than UC Davis Health, and other academic institutions enjoy all benefits except access to grant development and administration. In turn, CHPR’s members are integral to the Center’s success, conducting innovative research with support of CHPR staff, mentoring trainees, and making evidence-based contributions to health policy.

Your contribution to CHPR will support its efforts to facilitate research, promote education and inform policy about health and healthcare--efforts critical to the physical and economic health of California and the nation.