March 6

Mass SpeakersLESSONS FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF HEALTH CARE REFORM: 58% of Previously Uninsured Californians Have Insurance – Now What?

Speakers from Massachusetts:
Michael Doonan,
PHD,MPA, Associate Professor and MPP Program Director, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

DOLORES MITCHELL, Executive Director, Massachesetts Group Insurance Commission

DANA GELB SAFRAN, SCD, Senior Vice President for Performance Measurement and Improvement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)

DAVID SELTZ, Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Speakers from California:
Jennifer Kent, Director,
California Department of Health Care Services

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

Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access.

Review and Evaluations

CHPR Houses the Evaluation & Outcomes Unit of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)

The CHPR Evaluation and Outcomes Unit (EOU) supports UC Davis BHCOE mental health services research grant proposals and projects, and conducts baseline research on the utilization, outcomes, and costs of mental health services in California.

EOU Services

The BHCOE Pilot Grant Program aims to propel UC Davis behavioral health researchers to positions of strength in competing for extramural funding and to strengthen collaborations with our community, regional, and statewide partners. To support this aim, the EOU provides technical and administrative support to UC Davis investigators pursuing research in mental health services and policy, and advises on evaluation plans for workforce development projects.

Proposal Applicants
The EOU team provides grant applicants with technical and administrative resources for proposal organization and assembly, project budgeting and planning, and research methods consultation, including research design, outcomes measurement, qualitative methods and economic analyses.

Mental Health Services Investigators
Pilot grant recipients and other researchers are encouraged to access EOU team expertise in outcomes measurement, instrument development, and evaluation and outcomes research, including statistical design and analysis, economic analytic approaches, and qualitative design methods. The EOU team also offers assistance to pilot grant recipients and other UC Davis mental health services researchers to pursue extramural funding.

CHPR Director Joy Melnikow Appointed to Let's Get Healthy California Task Force

Sacramento – California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary, Diana S. Dooley announced today the members appointed to the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force and the Expert Advisors charged with developing a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier. CHPR Director and professor of Family and Community Medicine Joy Melnikow is among the appointed members.  The appointments are made pursuant to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s Executive Order.

The Task Force will be Co-Chaired by Secretary Dooley and Don Berwick, MD MPP who is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), is the former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and served by appointment of President Obama as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until December, 2011.

“With the leadership of Dr. Don Berwick and California’s world-class talent in health, technology, education and research, it wasn’t hard to assemble this energetic group of leaders for our work ahead,” said Secretary Dooley. “With the knowledge, diversity and experience of these appointees and the support of so many others committed to our success, I look forward to receiving an innovative plan to reduce the burdens of chronic and preventable diseases and improve the health of all Californians.”

The Task Force and the Expert Advisors will work together to gather, evaluate and prioritize the best ideas and practices and organize them into a 10-year plan to improve quality, control costs, promote personal responsibility for individual health, and advance health equity. The report will establish baselines for key health indicators, identify obstacles, inventory best practices, provide fiscally prudent recommendations and create a sensible framework for measuring improvements in key areas including:

  • Reducing diabetes, asthma, childhood obesity, hypertension, and sepsis-related mortality.
  • Reducing hospital readmissions with 30 days of discharge.
  • Increasing the number of children receiving recommended vaccines by age three.
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