Karen Sokal-Gutierrez discusses the world pandemic of tooth decay. Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, with a focus on maternal-child health. She has worked as a physician in community health clinics, public health program administrator, consultant to child care and preschool programs, and writer for a parenting website. She is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health where she teaches medical students, public health graduate students and undergraduate students. Her work focuses on improving early childhood health. She has worked in global health for over 30 years, including for the past 10 years leading a family of studies on children’s oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and India, in which over 100 volunteer students and health professionals have participated.
Speakers Stephen M. Shortell, dean and Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, and B. Fulton, assistant adjunct professor of health economics, discuss the Berkeley Forum Report—a detailed roadmap that would transform the state’s health care system and improve care and outcomes while saving billions of dollars in the process. The report is the result of an unprecedented, year-long collaborative effort involving policy experts from UC Berkeley, CEOs of major health insurers and health care delivery systems, and leaders from California’s public sector. Panelists are Wade Rose, vice president, external and government relations at Dignity Health, and Anthony Barrueta, senior vice president for government relations at Kaiser Permanente.This lecture is part of the Implementing Health Care Reform in California lecture series, cosponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars Program.
In this lecture, California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley discusses the Governor’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, which she cochaired. The task force was charged with developing a 10-year plan to make Californians healthier. Dooley speaks about the task force’s report and its framework for assessing Californians’ health across the lifespan.This is the fourth lecture in the Implementing Health Care Reform in California lecture series, cosponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholars Program.
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health presented Public Health Heroes awards to Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, a top health official who served under four U.S. presidential administrations, and Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former CDC director. The awards were presented at a gala reception and ceremony March 14, 2013, at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco.
Jeff Oxendine, associate dean for public health practice at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, is one of six California leaders honored with the 2013 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. With health reform taking full effect in January 2014, California faces a serious shortage of health professionals, as more than six million newly insured state residents start seeking the care they need. The shortage will likely hit hardest in low-income and racially diverse communities, where the number of currently uninsured people is highest and provider shortages already exist. Oxendine is working at multiple levels—local, regional and statewide—to meet this challenge head-on. He believes that a robust, diverse health workforce is essential to California’s ability to provide access to quality, affordable health services and meet the needs of its growing, aging and increasingly diverse population.
This is the second lecture in a series on Implementing Health Care Reform in California, which examines all aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s impact on access, cost, and quality of care issues relevant to the State of California. The lecture features two presenters: Speaker Larry Levitt is senior vice president for special initiatives and senior advisor to the president with the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the United States. Speaker Bruce Bodaken is chairman and CEO of Blue Shield of California is a 3.3 million member not-for-profit health plan that serves the commercial, individual, and government markets in California.
Peter V. Lee, executive director of the California Health Benefit Exchange, gives a lecture as part of the ongoing series, Implementing Health Care Reform in California. The lecture series examines all aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on access, cost, and quality of care issues relevant to the State of California. California was the first state to create a Health Benefit Exchange following the passage of federal health care reform. As executive director, Peter Lee manages the creation of a new insurance marketplace in California.
A discussion of the public health impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.Speakers include UCSF School of Nursing Dean David Vlahov; UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean Stephen Shortell; UC Berkeley School of Law Professor and Former Dean Jesse Choper; and Claire Brindis, Dir., Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF.