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).

We promote education by training the next generation of health services and health policy researchers. We mentor undergraduate and graduate students, train post-doctoral fellows, mentor early-career faculty, and offer courses and seminars on health services research methods and findings. Many of our former trainees hold academic appointments in prestigious institutions across the US as well as at UC Davis.

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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.