Category Archives: Health Policy

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month

Are you up to date on all your vaccines?

Shots are extremely important for infants in order to ensure the prevention of illness when their newborn immune systems are so vulnerable.  Hear from Dr. Lisa Stellwagen, clinical professor of pediatrics and medical director of Newborn Services at UC San Diego, in this episode of Health Matters to learn about what vaccines a newborn needs.

It’s also important for children to be up to date on vaccines before starting school, as children with vaccine-preventable illnesses can be denied attendance. The Vaccines for Children program has been federally funded to provide free vaccines to children of low-income families. Learn about recommended and mandatory vaccines for children in “Safety of Childhood Vaccines.”

Remember that shots are not just for kids. People of all ages need to keep track of their immunization record to be sure that they are protecting themselves from deadly diseases. Dr. Lisa Winston of UCSF’s Division of Infectious Diseases explains the need for different vaccines at different stages of life in “Vaccines for Adults and Adolescents.”

If you are planning to go on an exotic vacation, watch “Travel Medicine-Health Matters” as you might need to get extra vaccines before you expose yourself to unfamiliar pathogens.

Check out other programs with information on immunization on UCSD-TV.

Learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month at the Center for Disease Control.

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Implementing Medi-Cal and Private Insurance Coverage in California

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a pervasive impact on the nation and particularly California, the most populous and diverse state in the country.

In this new program from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Robert Wood Johnson Post-doctoral Scholars Program in Health Policy Research, Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives, The Kaiser Family Foundation, and Bruce Bodaken, Chairman and CEO, Blue Shield of California examine access, cost and quality of care issues.

Watch “Implementing Medi-Cal and Private Insurance Coverage in California,” online now. For even more discussion of important health policy issues, also check out our programs from UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies.

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The Long and Short of the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the decision is expected to have wide-reaching consequences for health care across America.

These new programs from UCSF’s Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies put the ACA into perspective, from the policy implications in the immediate future to a broader, historical view of health reform in America.

Find out what the experts — not the candidates or partisan pundits — have to say based on years of academic research.

What Now? Health Reform in the Aftermath of the Supreme Court Decision
Experts from UCSF and UC Hastings College of the Law discuss the legal significance of the Supreme Court decision and its practical implications for health care.

Health Care Reform: Are ACAs and Bundled Payments the New New Things? What Happened to the Old New Things?
Stuart Altman, who co-authored “Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care” with David Shactman, details the history of health care reform efforts in the United States during the 1900s – 2000s, putting the current U.S. healthcare system into historical perspective.

 

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