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Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Center for Healthcare Policy and Research


Weekly Health Services Research Seminar Series

One of the fundamental aims of the Center is to enhance the intellectual environment for health services research at UC Davis and to help faculty and trainees develop the skills to conduct first-class health services research projects. As an expression of the Center's commitment to the professional growth of its faculty members, the noontime seminar series was initiated.

Convened under the leadership of Stephen Henry MD, the Seminar Series is held weekly during the academic year, with a hiatus during the months of July and August.  The location varies. Seminars are open to all Center members and other interested individuals. Continuing Medical Education credit is available to practicing physicians for most sessions, and students can take the course EPI 291 to earn 1 unit of course credit for each quarter of regular attendance. 

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Brown Bag Discussion

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Led by:
Joy Melnikow,
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine,
Daniel Tancredi, Associate Professor In-Residence, Department of Pediatrics

Location:  CHPR (Grange Building)

This is an ongoing series, held on most second and fourth Mondays.  Email announcements for individual sessions are available.  To stay informed we encourage you to sign up for our email list, please send a request to

Map and Directions can be found HERE




February 26

Visiting Distinguished Scientist
Stuart Peacock, Ph.D.

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Co-Director, Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC)
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health
Senior Scientist, British Columbia Cancer Agency.  

"Where next for economic and comparative effectiveness evidence
in an era of personalized/precision medicine?"

Presentation at the CHPR Wednesday Noon Seminar Series, with joint sponsorship by the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and the UC Davis Cancer Center.

Date: Wednesday, February 26
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: UC Davis Medical Education Building
4610 X St, Room 1222, Sacramento, CA 95817

"Setting priorities for health services in difficult economic times:
Structuring complex evidence and values for real-world decisions"

Presentation at the University of California Center Sacramento

Date: Wednesday, February 26
Time: 4:00pm
Location: UC Center Sacramento

1130 K Street, Suite LL22, Sacramento, CA, 95814

Dr. Peacock is Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC) along with Dr. Jeffrey Hoch. ARCC´s mission is to improve cancer control and the delivery of cancer care through interdisciplinary, Pan­Canadian leadership in health economics, services, policy and ethics research, education, and knowledge translation. The Centre represents a unique inter-provincial and interdisciplinary initiative based on a collaboration between academics, clinicians and decision-makers at the BC Cancer Agency, the University of British Columbia, Cancer Care Ontario, the University of Toronto and the Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences. The Centre is the first of its kind in the world, bringing together some of Canada´s leading social science, population health and clinical researchers, and decision-makers. ARCC will be home to over 40 researchers, initially based in BC and Ontario.

He is also a Senior Scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. Previously he held positions at Monash University, Australia, and the University of York, UK. Stuart has a Doctorate in Economics and MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, and a BA in Economics from the University of Leeds. His research interests include the economics of cancer control, priority setting methods, health-related quality of life, and health econometrics. He has published over 120 papers on health economics and co-authored a book titled Efficiency Measurement in Health and Health Care. Stuart has acted as a consultant for over fifty health agencies on four continents, including the World Health Organization.

Conference: The Affordable Care Act & Low Income Populations: Lessons from and Challenges For Research

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Date: November 1, 2013
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
UC Davis Memorial Union II
UC Davis Campus
Information and Registration Here

Opening Address
Mitchell Katz, M.D., Director, LA County Department of Health Services

Public Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and
Uncompensated Care

Craig Garthwaite, Northwestern University

Effects of Massachusetts Health Reform on Financial Well-Being
Sarah Miller, University of Michigan

Post-Katrina Evidence on Medical Homes: Prospects & Lessons for the ACA
Laura Schmidt, University of California, San Francisco

Expanding Coverage to Uninsured Childless
Adults: Effect on the Use of Healthcare Thomas DeLeire, Georgetown University

How Will the ACA Affect Safety Net Hospitals and Access to Care of Their Patients
Peter Cunningham, Center for Studying Health System Change

Provider Capacity and the ACA
Ian Hill, Urban Institute

Panel:  How Can Research Inform Implementation and Practice? The Case of the ACA
Joy Melnikow, M.D., Director
Center for Healthcare Policy & Research

Ron Chapman, M.D., M.P.H., Director and State Health Officer
California Department of Health

Neal Kohatsu, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director
California Department of Health Care Services

Robin Affrime, M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer
CommuniCare Health Centers

Kris Srinivasan, MD
CommuniCare Health Centers

CHPR Open House- 2013 Expansion

Date: June 20, 2013
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
2103 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA, 95817
Link to Map of Location

Surgical and Trauma Outcomes Research: Current Status and Future Directions
March 15, 2013

Presentation Slides Now Available HERE 

Avery B. Nathens, MD, PhD

Surgeon in Chief, Professor of Surgery

University of Toronto

Canada Research Chair, Systems of Trauma Care

Dr. Nathens is a practicing trauma surgeon and epidemiologist with a focus on trauma system design. He is an active member of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and is Director of the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Systems of Trauma Care and has published many landmark peer-reviewed papers in the Lancet, NEJM and JAMA focusing on trauma system design and implementation. Dr. Nathens has had extensive experience evaluating quality of care, and trauma system effectiveness.


N. Clay Mann, PhD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Adjunct Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine

University of Utah School of Medicine

Director of Research, Intermountain Injury Control Research Center

Dr. Mann currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) Technical Assistance Center and serves on several national committees related to injury prevention, trauma care and emergency medical services.  Dr. Mann has published over 100 peer-reviewed research articles dealing with traumatic injuries to children, trauma system evaluation, cardiac and trauma resuscitation and the role of emergency medical services in health care. Dr. Mann has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous federal, state, foundation or industry grants. He has also participated in several randomized, controlled community trials dealing with cardiac resuscitation, acute coronary disease education and paramedic training.


Edward E. Cornwell III, MD, FACS, FCCM

Surgeon-in-Chief, Howard University Hospital

Chair of the Department of Surgery

Howard University College of Medicine

Dr. Cornwell is Professor of Surgery and Chairman of Surgery at Howard University.  His career interest is in the prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries, and their critical care sequelae. He has authored or co-authored over 130 articles and chapters and has given over 300 invited scientific presentations in the field.  Dr. Cornwell is the former Chief Editor of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine; served as President of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, President of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, and Chairman of TraumaNet of Maryland.  

He is currently deputy editor of Archives of Surgery. Dr. Cornwell has received numerous awards and citations for his efforts in education, outreach, and violence prevention.  He received the 2003 Champion of Courage Award, Fox 45 TV, Baltimore, MD, as well as the 2005 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award, presented by the Greater Baltimore Urban League, and the Speaker's Medallion given by the Speaker of the House of Delegates of Maryland in 2006.


Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Surgery

Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery

University of Michigan Department of Surgery

Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Associate Chair for Faculty Development at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimick has a busy general surgery practice primarily devoted to advanced laparoscopy. He also directs a research program at the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy (CHOP). With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), his research focuses on surgical quality and healthcare policy. He has more than 130 peer reviewed publications, including papers in NEJM and JAMA.


Dr. Dimick serves in leadership roles for several national organizations, including as Secretary of the Association of Academic Surgery (AAS), as a member of the Executive Committee of the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC), and as a member of the Editorial Board for Archives of Surgery. He has served in advisory roles for numerous organizations on issues related to surgical quality and healthcare policy, including the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).



JUNE 18, 2010 

Presentation Downloads:

Principles of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Mark Helfand, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Clinically Significant Treatment Effects: Effect Sizes and Moderators
Helena Kraemer, Ph.D.

Health Policy Panel
Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.

Health Policy Panel
Ronald Spingarn

Health Policy Panel
Kurt Snipes, Ph.D.

Health Policy Panel
Susan Philip, M.P.P.

Cohort Studies in Comparative Effectiveness Research
Eric S. Johnson, Ph.D.

Featured Speakers:
Mark Helfand, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Director, Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center
Staff Physician, Portland VA Medical Center

Helena Kraemer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Professor of Biostatistics in Psychiatry (Emerita), Stanford University

Eric Johnson, Ph.D.
Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest 



Bridging the Causeway Symposium
March 25, 2008

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), in cooperation with the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and the Office of Research, recently hosted "Bridging the Causeway: A Center for Healthcare Policy and Research Symposium" at the Memorial Union on the Davis campus. A pilot grant program for collaborative, interdisciplinary proposals was announced at the conference. 


John M. Westfall, M.D., Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was the featured Plenary speaker. Dr. Westfall is the primary author of "Practice-Based Research—‘Blue Highways’ on the NIH Roadmap" (JAMA. 2007;297:403-406).

The symposium was held on March 25, 2008, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Community engagement and practice-based, collaborative research were emphasized. The symposium also featured speakers and breakout groups focusing on three areas of health services research. The breakout sessions were as follows:

Session Leader: Joy Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Session Leader: Craig Warden, Ph.D.
Departments of Pediatrics and Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Mental Health
Session Leader: Nolan Zane, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology


Program Schedule 
Introductions, Thematic Overviews (Obesity, Cancer and Mental Health), and Pilot Grant Announcement 
Plenary Address: "Mystery of the Blue Highway: Engaging Community in Research" - John M. Westfall, MD 
Thematic Overviews (Includes Obesity, Cancer, Mental Health) 
Obesity Breakout Group 
Cancer Breakout Group 
Mental Health Breakout Group


The pilot grants have been announced and awardees are as follows:

Natalia Deeb-Sossa, Ph.D. 
UC Davis Department of Sociology
Migrant agricultural workers’ mental health needs and barriers to care: a pilot study

Bo Feng, Ph.D. 
UC Davis Department of Communication
What should doctors say when giving prescriptions? The use of persuasive strategies in medical recommendations

Michael Minzenburg, M.D.
UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
Social attachment and neurocognitive function as predictors of parental dysfunction in at-risk mothers

Ben Rich, J.D., Ph.D.
UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
Bioethics Endowed Chair
Designing sustainable educational materials for community-based programs

Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.
UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Validation of a parent exit interview survey to assess physician counseling on diet and physical activity during pediatric well child visits

Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Ph.D.
UC Davis Department of Nutrition
Validating methods for assessing vitamin D status in different ancestry groups

Call for Pilot Grant Applications
Pilot Grant Application