Seminar Series

The CHPR Seminar Series typically focuses on research-in-progress (at any stage), recently completed research, innovative research methods, policy implications of health services research, pre-proposal discussion of research ideas or plans, or "practice presentations" for abstracts accepted for regional or national meetings.  Faculty, graduate students, and non-faculty researchers with a focus on health policy or health services are encouraged to present.  In addition, this is a great opportunity for presenting dissertations, thesis proposals, or thesis findings. 

The weekly seminars are held Wednesdays, 12-1 pm during the academic year, with a hiatus during the months of July and August. The seminars are usually located at the UCD Medical Education Building, Room 3207 (see schedule to confirm location). Seminars are open to all CHPR members, staff, students, and researchers external to UCD. Continuing Medical Education credit is available to practicing physicians for most sessions. Students taking EPI 291 may earn 1 unit of course credit for each quarter of regular seminar attendance. 

We welcome presentations from health policy and research professionals both internal and external to the University.  To be placed on the schedule, please contact:

Seminar Director
Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.

Seminar Assistant
Kirstin Truitt

Wednesday's 12 - 1 p.m.

February 20, 2019
"Healthcare Fraud 101"
Joshua Frost, MSPH (HP&M), PMP, CFE, CASP
Medicaid Program Integrity Specialist
Optum Government Solutions
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3207

February 27, 2019
"Curiosity + Passion + Skills  = Research(er)"
Valerie Gilchrist, M.D.
Chair of the Department of Family Medicine
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3207

March 6, 2019
"Minimum Wages and Public Health"
Paul Leigh, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
UC Davis
Location: Med Ed Building, Room 3207

March 13, 2019
"The Tragectory of my Research and Collaborations in Cognitive Aging"
Laurel Beckett, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chief, Division of Biostatistics
Department of Public Health Sciences
UC Davis
Location: Med Ed Building, Room 3204

March 20, 2019
"Risk-stratified breast cancer screening to improve the balance of benefits and harms"
Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D.
Dean’s Professor of Biostatistics, UC Davis
Senior investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Location: Med Ed Building, Room 3204

February 13, 2019
"Privacy, Ethics and Personalized Health"
Nick Anderson, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of Health Informatics
Director, Department of Public Health Sciences
UC Davis

February 6, 2019
"The application of trauma-informed principles while conducting research"
Caroline Giroux, M.D., FRCPC
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis

January 30, 2019
"The use of Telemedicine in Emergency Departments to provide Pediatric Critical Care Consultations"
James Marcin, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chair for Pediatric Clinical Research
Director, UC Davis Center for Health and Technology
Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
UC Davis

January 23, 2019
"Implications of Blood Pressure Thresholds on Population Health"
Kumar 'Bharat' Rajan, Ph.D.
Professor in Residence
Department of Public Heatlh Sciences
UC Davis

January 16, 2019
"Improving Health Outcomes Through Enhanced Patient-Clinician Relationships"
Michelle L. Dossett, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

January 9, 2019
"Achieving quality and equity in women's reproductive health"
Mara Murray Horwitz, M.D.
Fellow (General Medicine and Primary Care), Harvard Medical School
***Lunch will be provided

December 12, 2018
"Medical Marijuana Knowledge and Attitudes: A Survey of the California Pharmacist Association"

Peter Hilsenrath, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of the Pacific
Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management"
Dara Szyliowicz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management, University of the Pacific

December 5, 2018
"Religion at the Bedside: Issues arising in Catholic hospitals and the proposed federal rules for expanding conscience/refusal  rights of health care entities"
Lisa Ikemoto, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

November 28, 2018
"Cervical cancer screening in Montreal: Inequalities and Interventions in a shifting paradigm"
Geetanjali Datta
Assistant Professor, University of Montreal

November 14, 2018
How Well Do Pediatric Resident Educational Milestone Self-Assessments Correlate with External Clinical Competency Committee Assessments?
Su-Ting Li, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
Associate Vice Chair of Education
Residency Program Director
Pediatrics, UC Davis


November 7, 2018
"Policy Surveillance as Public Health Tool: An Example from Tobacco Control"
Diana Cassady, M.P.H., Ph.D.Associate Professor
Public Health Science, UC Davis

October 31, 2018
“Data Privacy Policies and Predictive Analytics: Modeling Surgical Site Infections as an example”
Prabhu Shankar, M.D., M.S., MRCP (UK)

Clinical Informatician, Assistant Adjunct Professor
Public Health Sciences, UC Davis

October 24, 2018
"The Ecology of Clinical Decision Making"
Veena Manja, MBBS, MSPh.D. candidate, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Adjunt Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UC Davis
Staff Cardiologist, VA Northern California Health Care System

October 17, 2018
"Marriage and Health over the Middle Years"
Seonwha Lee, Ph.D., M.S.
Department of Human Ecology
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research QSCERT-PC fellow

October 10, 2018
"How to Get Your Paper Rejected (and Other Reflections of a Journal Editor)"
Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Editor in Chief, Health Services Research (HSR)
Director, T32 QSCERT
Instructor of Record, MDS A/B/C, Co-IOR, CLH 202 & 211
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UC Davis Division of General Medicine
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October 3, 2018
"Outcomes of a fruit and vegetable prescription program for participating households and children"
Ronit Ridberg, Ph.D., M.S.
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research QSCERT-PC fellow

September 26, 2018
“Chronic School Absenteeism and Health”
Christopher Kim, M.D., M.P.H.

Physician, Department of Pediatrics
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research QSCERT-PC fellow

September 19, 2018
"Special issues when considering the cost-effectiveness of drugs for rare diseases"
Elise Evers, MSc (candidate)
University of York
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

We encourage presentations from health policy professionals both internal and external to the University.  To be placed on the schedule, email Seminar Director, Jeffrey Hoch @ , or Kirstin Truitt @