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CHPR Has Moved!

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) is pleased to announce that the Center has moved to a new location.

Our new address is 4900 Broadway, Suite 1430, Sacramento, CA 95820.

Our new home is in the Broadway Building on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, which houses the UC Davis Health System. We thereby remain in close proximity to downtown Sacramento and look forward to continuing to serve the University and wider community through our work facilitating research, promoting education, and informing policy to improve healthcare access, delivery, costs, quality, and outcomes.

Please update your records with our new address. (All other contact information remains the same.)

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CHPR-Affiliated Faculty Receive 2020 Deans’ Excellence Awards

The 2020 Deans’ Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding work by faculty, staff and teams at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (BIMSON), have been announced. The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) is pleased to note that five of this year’s awardees are UC Davis Health faculty members affiliated with our Center.

Aimee Moulin, M.D. and professor of Emergency Medicine, and the members of her CA Bridge team received a Deans’ Team Award for Excellence. The CA Bridge program team treats individuals for substance use in the emergency department and supports them in transitioning to continued care.

A Deans’ Team Award for Excellence was also awarded to Larissa May, M.D. and professor of Emergency Medicine, and her Public Health Screening (PHASE) team. Universal screening for HIV and the Hepatitis C virus, and care coordination for high-risk patients who test positive, has been carried out by members of the PHASE team since 2018.

Tonya Fancher, M.D., M.P.H., and professor of Internal Medicine, and her team established the protocol that enabled a pilot clinic to become the central hub that all UC Davis student-run clinics could refer patients to during the COVID-19 pandemic. They received the Deans’ Award for Excellence in Team Inclusion for this collaborative effort to continue providing healthcare services, despite an ongoing public health crisis, to the underserved community members these clinics serve.

Deans’ Awards for Excellence in Diversity were awarded to two BIMSON professors who are also CHPR faculty affiliates: Janice Bell, Ph.D., M.D., M.N., and Jill Joseph, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Dr. Bell is Director of the Ph.D. program and Associate Dean for Research at BIMSON; prior to her recent retirement, Dr. Joseph had served as the latter.

CHPR is proud of these excellent clinicians and researchers and agrees with Allison Brashear, Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, who said their “work is improving health and changing lives.” Congratulations!  

Director Melnikow goes Emeritus, Anthony Jerant becomes Interim Director of CHPR

After serving for 12 years as the director of the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), and 29 years as a faculty member in the UC Davis Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dr. Joy Melnikow has retired from the University of California. Anthony Jerant, M.D. and Professor and Chair of Community and Family Medicine, has stepped in as Interim Director of CHPR in her stead.

Over her illustrious career, Dr. Melnikow became a nationally recognized leader in health services research, including appointments on the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, the National Institutes of Health’s Health Delivery and Methodologies Integrated Review Group, and as the vice chair for public health for the California Health Benefits Review Program. She plans to keep her hand in CHPR research as a professor emeritus and also continue serving as the first UC Davis member of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force.

 Dr. Jerant, as a core faculty member with CHPR for many years, already has been leveraging his clinical, research, teaching, administrative, and leadership expertise to execute CHPR’s mission. His research spans mental health, cancer screening disparities, chronic illness self-care, patient engagement in care, clinician-patient relationships, and diversity of the physician workforce. In 2014, he received the C. John Tupper Prize for Excellence in Teaching, UC Davis School of Medicine’s highest teaching award. He began his service as Interim Director of CHPR in July.

CHPR is grateful for Dr. Melnikow’s leadership over the last 12 years and welcomes Dr. Jerant in his new role with the Center. Congratulations to both Drs. Melnikow and Jerant!

New Report Outlines the Role Land-Use Planning and Community Design can Play in Healthy Aging

June 2021

A new report published by the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) describes how land-use planning and community design can help to prevent or mitigate many age-related barriers to independent living for older residents, including those who are intellectually or developmentally disabled.

June 2021

Adrienne Hoyt-Austin, D.O., has been awarded the 2021 Clinical Fellow Professionalism Award from the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association. The Clinical Fellow Professionalism Award recognizes and honors medical fellows who best exemplify true professionalism in their work, demonstrating all the qualities of a true and outstanding professional as defined by the American Board of Internal Medicinein their day-to-day work with faculty, patients, co-workers and ancillary staff. Congratulations, Dr. Hoyt-Austin!

David Tom Cooke is new President-Elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association

June 2021

David Tom Cooke, M.D., chief of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health and a core faculty member with the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), assumed the position of president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA) last month. Dr. Cooke is the first African American to hold this position with TSDA. Dr. Cooke served on TSDA’s Executive Committee over the last four years. In May 2023 he will commence his two-year term as the organization’s president. Congratulations, Dr. Cooke!

California’s “T21” Law Reduced Daily Smoking Among Young Adults

June 2021

According to a study conducted by a team of researchers at UC Davis Health t and published in the July 2021 issue of Preventive Medicine, implementation of the law decreased daily smoking among young adults aged 18-20 years.

Jeffrey Hoch selected as one of the 2021 recipients of the Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring Award

May 2021

Jeffrey Hoch, Professor and Chief of the Division of Health Policy and Management and CHPR Associate Director was recognized by the Office of Graduate Studies for “outstanding investment in mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral scholars” with a Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.

Connections Between Vaping/Smoking and COVID-19

May 2021

There's growing evidence that vaping and COVID-19 are very much connected, Elisa Tong, M.D., explained in an interview with Mic earlier this month.

CHPR Doctors Receive “Cultivating Team Science” Award

May 2021

A new, multidisciplinary research team headed by Stephen Henry, M.D., has been awarded a Cultivating Team Science award from the UC Davis School of Medicine (SOM).

Beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act Became More Positive about it Once the Law was Implemented

April 2021

A new policy brief, authored by Adrienne Hosek, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Political Science, from the UC Davis Center for Poverty & Inequality Research reveals how utilization of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—enacted as a means toward filling such gaps—has enhanced public support for the law and may, thereby, secure its future.

CHPR Doctoral Students Publish their Research

April 2021

Sarah Haynes and Eduard Poltavskiy, who when earning their doctoral degrees both worked under the supervision of Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H., a core faculty member with CHPR, have recently published their research in scientific journals. Dr. Poltavskiy is the lead author of “Predicting COVID-19 at skilled nursing facilities in California: do the stars align?” and Dr. Haynes is the lead author on “The use of telemedicine for stabilization of neonates transferred from rural community hospitals.” 

Update on COVID-19 Pilot Projects

April 2021

Research findings from two UC Davis pilot studies of how COVID-19 has impacted health-related services are being published in the scientific literature. These studies, along with three others, were supported by pilot grants co-sponsored by UC Davis’ Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), Center for Health and Technology (CHT) and the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE).

Results of the “Every Aggie Together” Mask Contest are In

March 2021

“Why is it important to wear a mask?” UC Davis students, employees and faculty submitted more than 200 entries to answer that question during the “Every Aggie Together” Mask Contest, co-sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) and Campus Ready.

Diana Farmer Featured in Comstock’s “Women in Leadership” Issue

March 2021

Diana Farmer, chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health and a CHPR faculty member, is featured on the cover of this month’s Comstock’s magazine. Her inspiring story, as a medical innovator and pioneer—she was the world’s first female fetal surgeon—and head of a “team of more than 250 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, residents, students and other staff,” is featured in Comstock’s “annual salute to extraordinary women who are shaping our future.”

American Women Have Unequal Access to 3D Mammograms

March 2021

A new study, co-authored by CHPR faculty member Diana Miglioretti, reviews the advantages of 3D mammograms mentioned in the JAMA Network Open article describing the study include reduced “recall [to follow up on suspicious results] and increased cancer detection compared with [standard 2D] digital mammography (DM), depending on women’s age and breast density.”

Nationwide Survey Explores Predictors of Concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines

February 2021

The bad news, according to a UC Davis study published last week in Vaccine, is that nearly 15% of the U.S. residents surveyed said they were unlikely to, and another 23% were unsure as to whether they would, get vaccinated against COVID-19. Their primary basis for hesitation? Concerns about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

CHPR Co-Sponsors “Every Aggie Together” Mask Contest

January 2021

UC Davis, with support from the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), has launched the “Every Aggie Together” Mask Contest, a competition to encourage UC Davis students, employees and faculty to produce public campaign messages that will encourage everyone to wear masks correctly and consistently.