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Event: Trumpcare—Is It the Right Treatment for What Ails the American Health Care System?

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Join us on Thursday, August 3 to hear from a diverse group of speakers discussing the proposed Trumpcare.

All health care systems must strike a delicate balance between cost, quality and access. While Obamacare focused largely on increasing access to coverage and spreading the cost of illness across the entire population, Trumpcare tips the balance largely in favor of reducing federal spending, at the risk of destabilizing insurance markets and increasing costs for older and sicker individuals.

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Photo Gallery: HPL 2017 Graduation Party!


Our first graduating class came together on June 7 to celebrate with each other before the full pomp and circumstance was held later that evening at UCSF.

To say that we’re proud of and excited for our graduates is an understatement. We can’t wait to see the amazing positive change that they’ll bring to our health care system. Look out world, here they come!

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Medicaid: The Great Unraveling Event

Sara Rosenbaum (left) and Jaime S. King

Sara Rosenbaum (left) and Jaime S. King

Join us on Thursday, May 25 to hear from our own Jaime King on the topic of Medicaid. She’ll be presenting alongside Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., the Harold and Jane Hirsch Professor of Health Law and Policy and founding chair of the Department of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.

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Student Spotlight: Eugenia Bowman

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Eugenia Bowman: “I am dedicated to those left behind or marginalized—those at the bottom have captured my imagination and my greatest empathy and concern.”

Promoting Health at the Root Level

Eugenia Bowman, Class of 2018, is defining a model that starts at the community and works its way up

Access.

Access to health care.

Access to affordable health care.

Access to affordable health care at the community level.

Social determinants of health.

Who can make that happen?

Eugenia Bowman is on a mission to create a working model that brings together key stakeholders to raise the level of health at the community level. Harnessing her 30 years of volunteering, fundraising and philanthropy experience, Bowman is on the path to realizing that model, thanks to the Health Policy and Law degree. I recently sat down with the enthusiastic 2018 graduate to understand more about this complicated model that serves as her capstone project.

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Photo Gallery: The HPL 2017 Mixer!


Current students, prospective students, faculty and staff came together for our second-annual mixer on Monday evening, April 24.

Inside the cozy UCSF Faculty Alumni House, current students joyfully met each other for the first time. Prospective students got caught up in their excitement, asking questions about their experiences and what they’re learning. Faculty and staff happily answered students’ questions while partaking in a wide selection of appetizers and beverages.

Addressing the rapt crowd, Dan Dohan offered up remarks on the origins of the degree and how it has evolved since inception—thanks in no small part to our current cohort! Jaime King spoke next, illuminating three extremely fascinating capstone project topics—from changing legislation to bringing health access to the smallest community. Check back in the coming days for video footage of these remarks. But for now, peruse our photo gallery from the night’s festivities!
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Save the Date: Come Meet Current Students and Faculty!

Students and facultyIf you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, join us at our second-annual mixer on Monday, April 24, from 6–8 pm!

Meet current students in the program and faculty and staff to learn first-hand how this degree can help you achieve your goals. Dan Dohan, professor of Health Policy and Social Medicine at UCSF, will provide opening remarks about the origins and inspirations of this degree, as well as the experience thus far. Other faculty members will be on hand to illuminate career paths and opportunities in this field.

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UCSF Faculty Alumni House
745 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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Check out last year’s mixer.

Upcoming Event: 2017 Chancellor’s Health Policy Lecture With Hal Barron

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure you register for this Wednesday, April 26, free event from Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF.

Photo of Hal BarronHal V. Barron is one of the most respected clinician/scientists and successful drug developers in the biotechnology industry. He is currently Calico’s president of research and development.

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Healthcare News Update, February 2017

The latest healthcare news from The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition

The Source's executive editor Jaime S. King (left) and managing editor Anne Marie Helm

The Source’s executive editor Jaime S. King (left) and managing editor Anne Marie Helm

Your inbox and newsfeed are quite possibly teeming with articles on last night’s Oscars wins, snubs and flubs. And that’s on top of the news alerts about the latest changes in healthcare policy.

Your time is valuable—so here’s a breakdown of what made health news in the past month, courtesy The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition, a nonprofit website run by one of HPL’s founders.

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Introducing Class of 2017 Student Marielle Reataza

Looking forward to a compliance-consultancy future

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Marielle Reataza plans to finish the Health Policy and Law degree within one year.

  1. AmeriCorps trip to provide medical relief in Tanzania in 2007 = commitment to a healthy population
  2. Teaching science courses to underserved high school students in South Central L.A. = interest piqued in policy

It was these two defining life experiences that spurred Marielle Reataza to complete her medical degree from UC Irvine. But when a chronic-illness diagnosis forced her to rethink pursuing a demanding medical career, Reataza turned inward to discover her calling: “I wanted to go back to health policy, but I didn’t know how to go about it,” she recalls. “There wasn’t really anyone I could turn to to talk about health policy.”

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Video: The End of Life Option Act—Clinical and Legal Implications

Learn more about the legal and medical implications from this legislation

 


Watch the video above from a recent lecture with HPL’s own Sarah Hooper, as well as Lael Duncan, M.D., who talked about some common myths about the act’s implementation, address the status of institutional policy development around California and discuss research data from the Oregon/Washington experience.

Speakers

Sarah Hooper, J.D., is the executive director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and adjunct professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.

Lael Duncan, M.D., is the medical director of consulting services for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a statewide collaborative effort dedicated to promoting high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life.

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Inspired Synergies

The UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy is a dynamic collaboration designed to serve tomorrow’s interdisciplinary professionals

 

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Part of the Consortium team, from left: Dan Dohan, Sarah Hooper, Jaime S. King, Gregory Cochran, Jessaca Machado

In 2009, the United States was embroiled in a national effort to reform healthcare sparked by President Obama’s campaign to pass the Affordable Care Act. For months on end, news reports and public debates were dominated by passionate advocates trying to overhaul patient care. In this hot climate of health policy discussion, UC Hastings and UCSF launched a joint venture to facilitate and foster interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare.

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