UCSF CER - Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Handout (Symposium 2013)

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UCSF CER - Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies Handout (Symposium 2013)

  1. 1. UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies contributes to the solution ofcomplex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research,training, technical assistance, and public service.About Us—Improving health through policy, leadership, and research…The Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS), an organized research unit within UCSF,contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership inresearch, training, technical assistance, and public service. Our special competence lies in translatingresearch across disciplines and fields to inform health policy. We undertake this work with a commitmentto improve health and health care within local, state, national, and international communities and with afocus on improving the health of vulnerable populations.IHPS collaborates closely with UCSF schools and departments, other universities, the private sector,government, and community-based organizations to address issues critical to the health of the public. Ourfaculty work in and often across three primary areas: Healthcare Systems, Population Health andDeterminants, and Clinical Practice.Healthcare System faculty examines outcomes, quality, and measurement of healthcare deliverysystems with research and practice that spans from the individual clinic to hospital and healthcare
  2. 2. systems. They also play a leadership role in translating research findings into policy, program, andhealthcare delivery practices. IHPS faculty have informed the development of value-based purchasingapproaches and have undertaken cost and cost-effectiveness studies across a wide domain of conditionsand systems both domestically and internationally. Healthcare system faculty also conducts research onthe healthcare workforce with a particular focus on nursing and primary care providers. The Institute isparticularly interested in ensuring that our healthcare system delivers appropriate care to at-riskpopulations including children and the elderly.Population Health and Determinants faculty focus on disparities in health and healthcare. Facultyexamine how to ensure access to primary care for low-income populations in California and nationwide.For example, Institute faculty and staff work on shaping state and national policies related to reproductivehealth access. IHPS faculty use longitudinal data to examine chronic disease and its impact on vulnerablepatients. Vulnerable populations are also a key focus of longstanding IHPS research and translationalefforts related to substance use policy and tobacco control. Institute faculty have examined the impact ofthe environment on reproductive health outcomes and child health. Additionally, faculty study disasters –both natural and human-created – with a particular focus on health and the environment.“IHPS’ vibrant community of scholars from many disciplines, work effectively together to address criticalhealth and health policy issues.”In Clinical Practice, IHPS has long been a leader in research and policy translation related to technologyevaluation, drugs, and pharmaceuticals. The Institute boasts a path-breaking program on the productionof research and medical evidence that touches on issues related to industry sponsorship, conflict ofinterest, and research integrity. In award-winning work, Institute faculty have developed and put intopractice decision-making tools that facilitate the delivery of patient-centered care. IHPS is also at theforefront of understanding how genetic technologies and personalized medicine will shape and re-shapeclinical practice of the future.In all these areas, IHPS recognizes that policy problems are complex and are most effectively addressedby using the perspectives and tools of multiple disciplines and fields. However, different disciplines andfields use different “languages,” conceptual frameworks, methods, and standards of evidence. It is oftendifficult to bring lessons from one field into another and even more challenging to synthesize and translateresearch findings so that they can help inform decisions of policymakers, program managers, clinicians,and others concerned with health policy issues.Over a period of 40 years, IHPS has demonstrated success in overcoming these disciplinary barriers topromote rigorous research translation into policy and practice. IHPS’ vibrant community of scholars frommany disciplines, work effectively together to address critical health and health policy issues. Our uniquecontribution is our ability to apply a multi-disciplinary perspective in collaboration with others within andoutside the Institute and the University. From its founding, IHPS has been a community where researchfrom many disciplines is conducted, synthesized, and translated so that it can be applied to real-worldpolicy arenas, program areas, and practice settings.For additional information, please see: http://healthpolicy.ucsf.edu

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