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Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

March 6

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 CommissionMass Speakers

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.


EOU Research

The EOU also conducts baseline research to support current and future mental health services research (MHS) and evaluations for California.

Key MHS Research Priorities: The EOU conducted an environmental scan and stakeholder prioritization process to identify research gaps and to recommend key research priority areas for the Services and Policy category of the BHCOE pilot grant program. These findings are also informative for other researchers planning mental health services research projects.

Baseline MHS Research Data: Additionally, the EOU is beginning to summarize data from a variety of sources that will provide researchers with baseline utilization rates, outcome rates, and costs of mental health services. These data may be used by UC Davis researchers to inform current research and to establish baselines for evaluating intervention effectiveness.





BHCOE-Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis

The launch of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.  Pictured (L to R) are UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter, patient advocate Bonnie Hotz, UC Davis Vice Dean Fred Meyers, Sen. Darrell Steinberg, UC Davis Vice Chancellor and Dean Julie Freischlag, and UCLA Professor Peter Whybrow. Hidden from view is UC Davis Professor Cameron Carter, who's expected to become the executive director of the new, $7.5 million center.  The launch of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Pictured (L to R) are UC Davis Provost Ralph Hexter, patient advocate Bonnie Hotz, UC Davis Vice Dean Fred Meyers, Sen. Darrell Steinberg, UC Davis Vice Chancellor and Dean Julie Freischlag, and UCLA Professor Peter Whybrow. Hidden from view is UC Davis Professor Cameron Carter, who's expected to become the executive director of the new, $7.5 million center.

Known as the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis, the $7.5 million project will become the university’s hub for bringing together its wide-ranging research, education, clinical care and community engagement as they relate to neuroscience, mental health and public-health improvement.

The new center will be located on the university’s Sacramento campus. It will complement a similar, $7.5 million center that is being established in Southern California at UCLA.

“Mental health is an issue that knows no partisan lines. Its impacts and suffering escape no race, class, gender, age, or sexual orientation. It affects every other agenda we address in the Legislature.” Steinberg said. “Having dedicated behavioral-health centers in the state will be the catalyst for improving our understanding of the human mind and finding answers for individuals and their families.”

Grant funding for the two centers was approved by the state’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission earlier this year. UC Davis plans call for researchers to explore everything from telehealth delivery of behavioral health care and the economics of prevention to how medical and mental-health services might be better integrated in clinical settings.

“This center is so promising because it enables UC Davis to work from its core strengths in brain research, new technologies for clinical care, reducing health disparities and effectively engaging communities,” said Frederick Meyers, vice dean of UC Davis School of Medicine and who will serve as director of the new center. “We plan to closely measure and evaluate our research results so that we can identify and translate into practice the best ways to achieve behavioral-health improvement.”

Meyers said the UC Davis center will be a catalyst for developing more research expertise in behavioral health, as well as better techniques and training to address wellness, recovery and resilience to mental illness. The university plans to partner in its research efforts with other health organizations and government-related institutions, including counties throughout Northern California.

The new center’s leadership team, which includes Cameron Carter, a UC Davis professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences specializing in the early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and other cognitive mental disorders, will also study community programs, alternatives to hospitalization, shared services with jails, hospitals and courts, and identify new approaches to reducing mental-health stigmas.

“The center of excellence in behavioral health is one product of the work we started many years ago with Proposition 63 and the state’s Mental Health Services Act,” said Steinberg, a longtime leader on mental-health issues. “Like the UC Davis’ MIND Institute, which has earned international recognition for its work in autism, the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis can bring together in one place the academic skills, talent and experience that we need to address some of the most challenging problems that many California families are facing.”

UC Davis Health System is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country's best medical schools, a 619-bed acute-care teaching hospital, a 1000-member physician's practice group and the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children's hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit


2014 Outcomes Research Pilot Awards

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These are the CHPR 2014 Outcomes Research Pilot Awards recepients from the July 2014 funds and will continue through June 2015. The 2014 Pilot Awards are a joint project of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, the UC Davis School of Medicine, the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center, and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Janice Bell Ph.D., M.P.H., M.N. (Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing)
"Novel personal health network technology to enhance nurse-directed early palliative care for cancer patients:  A pilot study to establish a randomized clinical trial"

Lorien Dalrymple, M.D., M.P.H. (Department of Internal Medicine)
"Ensuring safe transitions from the hospital to the outpatient dialysis center

Glen L.Xiong, M.D., C.M.D. (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
"Antipsychotic prescription decision making and use in a diverse cohort of dementia patients"

Winter-Spring 2013

Three UC Davis recipients awarded fellowships from UC innovation center

January 28, 2013
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) —Three UC Davis researchers, including CHPR Members James Marcin and Elisa Tong, are among the 10 new recipients of fellowships awarded by the University of California’s Center for Health Quality and Innovation. Representing five UC campuses, the recipients received the fellowships to support projects to improve the quality and value of care delivered by UC Health.  (more here)

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.