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

Medical Education Building, Room 3207
Wednesday's 12 - 1 p.m.


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 Professor, BIMSN, UC Davis

September 27, 2017
"Protecting and Advancing California's Progress on Health Care and Coverage in Turbulent Times"
Anthony Wright
Executive Director, Health Access California
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October 4, 2017
"Survival and Surgery for Lung Cancer-is the Relationship Causal or Correlative? How do we make the decision?"
Elizabeth David, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Assistant Professor, Surgery, UC Davis

October 11, 2017
"Transdisciplinary: A Trajectory Integrating Social Work, Medical Sociology, and Health Policy and Services Research"
Ethan Evans, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, UC Davis

October 18, 2017
"Systems-level Impediments to Trustworthy Biomedical Research"
Mark Yarborough
Dean's Professor, Bioethics, UC Davis

October 25, 2017
"Building and Connecting Community Assets to Reduce the Risk and Prevalence of Obesity in California"
Neal Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director, California Department of Health Care Services
Desiree Backman, DrPH, M.S., R.D.
Chief Prevention Officer, UC Davis

Abstract: Several recent scientific papers have highlighted disturbing epidemiologic trends regarding the prevalence of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and obesity. The combined prevalence of pre-diabetes and diabetes exceeds 50%, nationally, and may well be higher in low-income populations. In addition, obesity prevalence rates continue to increase in large segments of the population and are at all-time highs for other groups. Innovative and effective population health approaches are required to reduce the prevalence of obesity and attendant risk factors. This session will share key evidence from the literature and formative research conducted by the presenters to guide an $8M community-based intervention to reduce the risk and prevalence of obesity among low-income adults in California.  The formative research, which was used to identify effective and practical ways to reduce the obesity epidemic, includes findings from key informant interviews with national, state, and local thought leaders; focus groups with low-income community members in Northern, Central, and Southern California; and video ethnographies statewide with low-income community members and local leaders.

November 1, 2017
"Estimation of cause-specific risks of death by smoking status using NHIS mortality linked data"
Victoria Landsman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Institute for Work and Health Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

In this talk I will describe a joint project with the NCI (NIH, USA) to develop absolute risks of cause-specific mortality from smoking-related causes of death by smoking status (current, former and never smokers) as well as the other factors for each year of life starting from birth until age 95. The absolute risks will be displayed on the NCI interactive website for public use. I will also discuss some challenges faced by our team during the process of this study, like choice of data, definition of exposure variable, and development of statistical methodology for partitioning mortality and accommodating competing risks. Some preliminary results will be provided.

November 8, 2017
"National variability in Medicare's charge to reimbursement ratio for common Interventional Radiology procedures: Are any of the 'cost' numbers correct?"
Bahman Sayyar Roudsari, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, UC Davis

November 15, 2017
"In Search of Time : How to Deal with Time-Related Factors in Health Research"
Sun Young Jeon, Ph.D.
Senior Statistician, UC Davis

November 29, 2017
"Monitoring Diabetes Prevalence in California: A Quest Pilot Study"
Elizabeth Dingbaum, M.P.H.
California Epidemiology Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) fellow
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December 6, 2017
"Immigrant Legal Status and Health: Legal Status Disparities in Chronic Conditions and Musculoskeletal Pain among Mexican-Born Farm Workers in the United States"
Erin Hamilton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Davis
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January 10, 2018
"Effects of Direct Care Provision to the Uninsured: Evidence from Federal
Breast and Cervical Cancer Programs"
Marianne Bitler, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Economics, UC Davis

January 17, 2018

"Applying Public Deliberation to Complex Health Policy Issues"
Pat Powers
Executive Director, Center for Health Care Decisions

January 24, 2018
"Multi-generational Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net:  Early Life Exposure to Medicaid and the Next Generation’s Health"
Marianne Page, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics, UC Davis

January 31, 2018
“Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health Through Policy and Partnerships”
Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis

February 7, 2018
“Communication in Serious Illness”
Ronald Epstein, M.D.
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine
Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research
Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs
Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship

February 14, 2018
"Prescription drug monitoring programs and opioid-related harm"
Magdalena Cerda, DrPH, M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis

February 21, 2018
"The Cost Effectiveness of Strategies to Prevent and Treat Alcohol Abuse"
Greg Zaric, Ph.D., M.S., MASc., BSc
Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences
Ivey Business School

February 28, 2018
"Improving prediction of intervention effects across populations"
Kara Rudolph, Ph.D., M.H.S., M.P.S.
Assistant Professor
Violence Prevention Research Program,
Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis

March 7, 2018
“Promoting child development through group-based parent support: Experimental effects among children born to adolescent and adult mothers”
Rose Kagawa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar at Violence Prevention Research Program, UC Davis

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

March 21, 2018
"Statistical Interfence with Clustered Data"
Colin Cameron, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Economics, UC Davis

April 4, 2018
Eve Angeline Hood-Medland, M.D.
QSCERT-PC Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Attending Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis

April 11, 2018
"A conversation analysis approach to studying doctor-patient interaction"
Anne Elizabeth Clark White, Ph.D.
QSCERT Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

April 18, 2018
Jennifer Falbe, ScD., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Human Development

April 25, 2018
"Breast conserving therapy compared to mastectomy in male breast cancer"
Sarah Bateni, M.D.
QSCERT Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Resident, Department of Surgery, UCDavis

May 2, 2018
“Impact of the California Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking Program on Maternal and Child Health”
Melanie Dove, M.P.H., ScD
QSCERT-PC Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Epiemiologist, Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis

May 16, 2018
"Improving Care of Spanish speaking patients with Diabetes: a research agenda"
Alicia Fernandez, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
UCSF School of Medicine

May 9, 2018
"Variability in ICU-Use and Adverse Outcomes in Elderly Patients With Isolated Rib Fractures.”
Jessica Cox, M.D.
QSCERT Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Department of Surgery, UC Davis

May 23, 2018
Michelle Hamline, M.D., Ph.D.
QSCERT-PC Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Pediatric Hospitalist, Department of Pediatrics, UC Davis

May 30, 2018
Maria Catrina Diestro Jaime, Ph.D.
QSCERT Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

June 6, 2018
"The Role of Emotion Regulation in ADHD"
Sarah Kahle, Ph.D., M.Ed.
QSCERT-PC Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis

Aimee Moulin, M.D.
QCERRT Post Doc Fellow, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UC Davis

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Fred Meyers, M.D.
Associate Dean for Precision Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
September 7, 2016

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 @