The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR) offers a weekly Health Services Research seminar series. This series features speakers from UC Davis and other institutions whose research and policy presentations relate to health services research. This seminar series focuses on:

  • research in progress
  • recently completed research
  • innovative research methods
  • discussions of grant proposal ideas
  • practice presentations

Seminar Series Information

Location: Online via Zoom

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Wednesdays

  • Seminars are held during the Fall, Winter and Spring academic quarters at UC Davis (but not on University holidays). There are no regularly scheduled seminars over the summer.

Earn CME Credit

For most seminar sessions, Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available to practicing physicians. 

Students who register for EPI 291 earn 1 unit of course credit for regular seminar attendance.

Become A Presenter

We welcome presentations from policy and research professionals in the health services research field, both internal and external to UC Davis. 

If you are interested in giving a talk or receiving seminar announcements, please contact:

Seminar Director
Jeffrey Hoch, Ph.D.

Seminar Assistant
Olivia Call  

2020-2021 Presentations

October 28, 2020

"Precisely Practicing Medicine from 700 Trillion Points of Data"

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
Seperate Registration Required

November 4, 2020

“The Breastfeeding Experience in NICU Mothers Using Telehealth to Connect with their Hospitalized Infant”


Academic General Pediatrics and QSCERT-PC Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
University of California, Davis

November 11, 2020

Veteran's Day

November 18, 2020

“Virtual Family-Centered Rounds during COVID-19 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”


Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of California, Davis



Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
University of California, Davis


November 25, 2020


Thanksgiving Break

December 2, 2020


Director, Energy and Environment Program, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

December 9, 2020

“Hand Therapy App Video-visit Optimized Care (HAVOC) Study: Maintaining Hand Surgery Outcomes Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic”

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University of California, Davis


Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University of California, Davis


Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University of California, Davis



December 16, 2020

"Adherence to Weight Telemonitoring as a Predictor of Rehospitalization and Death for Heart Failure Patients"


Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pediatrics
University of California, Davis

December 23, 2020


Winter Break

December 30, 2020


Winter Break

January 6, 2021


Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Quality and Care Transformation
 Washington State Health Care Authority


January 13, 2021

“Impacts of COVID-19 on the Neurodevelopmental Community and a Plan for Continued Care”


Director, UC Davis MIND Institute
University of California, Davis



Graduate Student Researcher, Graduate Group in Human Development
University of California, Davis


January 20, 2021

“Researching the Effects of Vaccine Misinformation on Vaccination Intentions: What we know and what we don't know (yet)”


Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
University of California, Davis

January 27, 2021

Dr. Iraklis Erik Tseregounis
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
University of California, Davis

February 3, 2021


Deputy Director for Implementation Science, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

February 10, 2021

To Be Announced

February 17, 2021

"Sacramento Area Breast Imaging Registry (SABIR): Impact of COVID-19 on Breast Cancer Screening, Surveillance, Diagnosis, and Treatment"


Professor and Division Chief of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences
University of California, Davis



February 24, 2021



Assistant Professor, Department of Pediactrics
University of California, Davis



March 3, 2021

To Be Announced

March 10, 2021

To Be Announced

March 17, 2021

To Be Announced

March 24, 2021


Spring Break

March 31, 2021

To Be Announced

April 7, 2021

To Be Announced

April 14, 2021

To Be Announced

April 21, 2021

To Be Announced

April 28, 2021

To Be Announced

May 5, 2021

To Be Announced

May 12, 2021

To Be Announced

May 19, 2021

To Be Announced

May 26, 2021

To Be Announced

June 6, 2021

To Be Announced

June 9, 2021

To Be Announced

Past Presentations

October 21, 2020

“Community Gun Violence and It’s Prevention”

Postdoctoral Fellow, Violence Prevention Research Program
University of California, Davis

October 14, 2020

“Nursing Homes and COVID-19” 

Professor, Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

October 7, 2020

“Reducing Maternal Health Disparities through Obesity and Diabetes Prevention” 

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis

September 30, 2020

“Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic on other Seasonal Respiratory Virus Activity in the UC Davis Health System: An Interrupted Time Series Analysis of a Natural Experiment”


Professor, Pediatrics
University of California, Davis

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March 11, 2020

"Chronic Medical Conditions and Late Effects Following Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in HIV-1 Uninfected and HIV-infected Adolescents and Young Adults: A Population-Based Study"

Renata Abrahão, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.

University of California, Davis

February 26, 2020

"Medicaid and Mortality:
New Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data"

Laura Wherry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor In-Residence, General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
University of California, Los Angeles
February 19, 2020

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) Webinar Presentation

"How to Influence the California Legislative Process as a Researcher"

Marj Plumb, M.N.A, DrPH

Non-Profit Consultant and Trainer
Public Policy Advocacy and Non-Profit Organizational & Leadership Development


February 12, 2020


HRSA Webinar

Webinar Link:

Dial-in: 888-989-3386
Participant Code: 6729080

February 5, 2020

Location Change: Room 2204

"Results from a randomized trial of a clinician communication training intervention to improve processes and outcomes of care related to chronic pain in primary care."

Stephen Henry, M.D., M.Sc.

Assistant Professor
University of California, Davis
January 29, 2020
"Trends and Outcomes of Dose Tapering Among Patients on Long-Term Opioid Therapy, 2008-2017"
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Public Health
University of California, Davis
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of California, Davis
January 15, 2020

"Negative findings in cost-effectiveness analysis of mental health interventions: How often, how wrong and how about an alternative?

Jeffrey Hoch, M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Director, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Professor, Department of Public Health Science
University of California, Davis

January 9, 2020

Special Event


Q&A Session to follow from 1:00pm -2:30pm

"Alameda County Social - Health Information Exchange"

Dr. Kathleen Clanon

Medical Director, Alameda County Care Connect


December 4, 2019

"The Green Prescription: Improving Population Health through Environmental Interventions"
Desiree Backman, Dr.PH., M.S., R.D.

Neal Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H.

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November 20, 2019
"Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Health Care Issues"
UC Davis ADVANCE Social Sciences Research Initiative Postdoctoral Scholar

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November 13, 2019
"Comparison of Record Linkage Software for De-duplicating Patient Identities in California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program"
Adjunct Professor, Divisinon of Biostats, Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis
November 6, 2019

"Update on OSHPD’s Healthcare Payments Data Program: An All Payer Claims Database for California"

Michael Valle 

Chief Stragetgy Officer & Branch Chief, Information Services at OSHPD

Ted Calvert
Project Managament Lead (Consultant), OSHPD Health Payments Data Program

October 30, 2019

"Population-based Mammography Screening, Socioeconomic Status and Breast Cancer Mortality – Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Ireland"

John Cullinan, B.A.S.F., M.A., M.S.c., Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Economics,
National University of Ireland, Galway
Policy Editor, The Economic and Social Review

October 23, 2019

"Zero-Inflated Count Regression with Application to Lung Cancer Incidence"

Julianne Penner, M.S.
Computational and Data Science Research Specialist
UC Davis Health

October 16, 2019

"An Exercise in the Art of Policy Trade-offs and Decision-Making"

David Panush
President, California Health Policy Strategies, L.L.C.
October 9, 2019

"Disparities in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the United States: 2000-2016"

Miriam Nuno, PhD

& Alec Schmidt, M.S

Associate Professor
Dept., Public Health Sciences,
UC Davis / Graduate Student, Dept of Vet Medicine

October 2, 2019

"Prior Authorization: Political Lotions, Potions and Elixirs of the Healthcare system"

Kermit Jones, J.D., M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group


September 25, 2019

"The Science of Science Communication:

Informal Strategies for Public Engagement"

Community Engagement and Research Specialist
School of Nursing, PhD Candidate, UC Davis, & Principal, Malik WCC
August 26, 2019

"Solutions to high drug costs: Lessons from Asia"

June 5, 2019

"Perspectives on pregnancy, contraception, and abortion among young men involved in the juvenile justice system"

Maria Catrina D. Jaime Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.
May 29, 2019

"Using heart rate variability measures in research."

Sarah Kahle, Ph.D.
May 22, 2019

"Are Tobacco 21 Policies Associated with Changes in Tobacco Prevalence among 18-20 year olds? A Multi-State Evaluation using BRFSS 2013-2017"

May 15, 2019

"Medi-Cal Mailings: All Household vs. Targeted to Smokers" 

May 8, 2019

“Putting shared decision making into practice: Lessons from implementation research in Canada"

Sarah Munro, PhD
May 1, 2019
"Which Inpatient Care Experiences Matter Most to Patients?"
Post Doctoral Scholar, UC Davis
April 24, 2019

"Routine ICU Admission for Monitoring Trauma Patients"

Jessica Cox, M.D.
April 10, 2019

"Patient Engagement with eConsults: Lessons from a Mature Safety Net System"

J. Nwando Olayiwola, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Physician, UC San Francisco
Family Community Medicine
March 27, 2019
Anne White, Ph.D.
Medical Sociologist, UC Davis
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
QSCERT fellow, UC Davis
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
March 13, 2019

"The Trajectory 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
March 6, 2019

"Minimum Wages and Public Health: Natural experiments to test for effects of income on health" 

Paul Leigh, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
UC Davis
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
February 20, 2019

"Healthcare Fraud 101"

Joshua Frost, MSPH (HP&M), PMP, CFE, CASP
Medicaid Program Integrity Specialist
Optum Government Solutions
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
Assistant 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 Politics
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

December 12, 2018
Peter Hilsenrath, Ph.D.
Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management
Professor of Economics
December 5, 2018
Lisa Ikemoto, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law
November 14, 2018
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

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, MS
PhD candidate, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Adjunt Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UC Davis
Staff Cardiologist, VA N. California Health Care System

October 17, 2018

"Marriage and Health over the Middle Years"

Seonwha Lee
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research


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

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

Sepember 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

August 29, 2018

"Love and marriage: Theoretical and empirical explanations for the marriage-health link."

Patricia N. E. Roberson, PhD
Human Development & Family Studies

March 14, 2018
“Idaho’s Journey in the Development of a Ten Year Strategic Plan for Healthcare Reform and Graduate Medical Education”

Ted Epperly, M.D., FAAFP

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

October 18, 2017

Mark Yarborough
Dean's Professor, Bioethics, UC Davis

October 11, 2017

Ethan Evans, Ph.D.
CHPR QSCERT Fellow, Sociology, UC Davis

October 4, 2017

Elizabeth David, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Assistant Professor of Surgery

September 27, 2017
Executive Director, Health Access
September 20, 2017

"Outcomes of a Real-life Demonstration of Stakeholder Engagement in Patient-Centered and Comparative Effectiveness Research Design"

Katherine Kim, Ph.D, M.P.H., M.B.A.
Assistant Director
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis

January 6, 2016

"When Does the Hospital-Attributable Quality Signal Fade? – Empirical Evidence For A Seven-Day Readmission Interval"

David Chin

January 13, 2016

"Testing for Godot: An explanation of the paper, "If nothing goes wrong, is everything all right?" by Hanley and Lippman-Hand published in JAMA (1983)"

Jeffrey Hoch

January 20 , 2016

"Can we BEAT heart failure? Results of the Better Effectiveness after Transitions for Heart Failure(BEAT-HF)trial of patient education and home telemonitoring"

Patrick Romano

January 27, 2016

"A Work In Progress: Examining Hospital Readmission in Medicare Beneficiaries with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) receiving Dialysis"

Lorien Dalrymple

February 3, 2016

"Provider Birth Attitudes and Cesarean Section Rates: Convergent Validity of a Measure of Birth Culture"

Emily White VanGompel

February 10. 2016

" A CDC Regional Center of Excellence in Refugee Health at UC Davis in Times of Political Uncertainty"

Patrick Koga

February 17, 2016

"An overview of Diagnosis Related Groupers/ICD 9& 10 coding relevance to Healthcare policy research"

Oluseun O Atolagbe

February 24, 2016

"The application of net benefit regression to do cost-effectiveness analysis with patient data"

Jeffrey Hoch

March 2, 2016

“What data sets are available in OSHPD and what could they be used (or have they been used) to investigate?”

Merry Holliday-Hanson

March 9, 2016

"L-carnitine for valproic acid overdose: an instrumental variable analysis" 

James Chenoweth

March 16, 2016

"Finding solutions to urban violence: using evidence to inform intervention"

Magdalena Cerda

March 23, 2016

"Doing What Works: The Public’s Perspectives on Reducing the Overuse of Unnecessary Healthcare"

Susan Perez/ Marge Ginsburg

March 30, 2016

"The issue about bench science"

Yin Chen

April 6, 2016

"Preliminary results from a mixed-methods study of patient-clinician communication about opioids & chronic pain"

Stephen Henry

April 13, 2016

"Access to Primary Care Providers for Medi-Cal Patients: A Secret Shopper Pilot Study"

Joy Melnikow

April 20, 2016

"The Eight Basic Payment Methods in Health Care"

Kevin Quinn

April 27, 2016
Misty Humphries

May 4, 2016

"Use of Abdominal Ultrasonography (FAST) in Pediatric Blunt Trauma Patients"

Jim Holmes

May 11, 2016

"One or more HEC projects"

Debra Oto-Kent

May 18, 2016

"Ideas for a 'physician report' card project he is developing at UCD."

Mithu Molla

May 25, 2016
Rob Dorion

June 1, 2016

"Talk about how you’ve approached a single issue using different methods."

Janet Coffman

June 8, 2016
Jessie Pintor

September 2, 2015

"Towards Evidence-Based Family Planning Policy"

Bimla Schwarz

September 9, 2015

"Reconciling Best Evidence and Stakeholder Preferences: Methologic Challenges and Opportunities"

Sonal Singh

September 16, 2015

"Using Public Deliberation to Tackle Complex Issues in Healthcare"

Susan Perez

September 23, 2015

"Forecasting the Economic Burden of Autism in 2015 and 2025 in the United States"

Paul Leigh

September 30, 2015

"Economic Evaluation of Telemedicine for Patients in Intensive Care Units"

BK Yoo

October 7, 2015

"SEER-linked Virtual Tissue Repository"

Rosemary Cress

October 14, 2015

"Supplemental Screening for Breast Cancer in Women with Dense Breasts: A Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force"

Joy Melnikow

October 21, 2015

"The Effect of Medicaid Managed Care on the Vitality of Safety-Net Hospitals: Evidence from a Florida pilot program"

Lindsey Woodworth

October 28, 2015

"Latino Children at the Intersection of Immigration and Healthcare Policy: Insurance Disparities by Parental Documentation Status"

Jessie Pintor

November 4, 2015

"The next generation of guidelines for authors: The REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely-collected health Data (RECORD) Stateme"

Patrick Romano

November 18, 2015

"Research on Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care"

Cynthia Campbell

December 2, 2015

"The Affordable Care Act: Support Infrastructure and the American Welfare State"

Ethan Evans

December 9, 2015

"CA’s general implementation of the ACA"

Anthony Wright