January 27, 2015

Dr. Claudia Chaufan, Associate Adjunct Professor at The Institute for Health and Aging, was recently quoted in The Guardian newspaper. 


US-style healthcare: where being ill could cost you everything you have

Consider a scenario. You hurt your foot. It doesn’t feel better after a couple of weeks so you go get it checked out. You arrive at the GP but have to hand over £20, a fixed charge required before seeing the doctor, or a co-payment as the health insurance company calls it.

December 18, 2014

Gaining Policy Experience in the Belly of the Beast

The last few years of health care debates have made clear how deep and lasting an impact policy decisions can have on the health of a nation and on the people and institutions delivering care.

Few at UC San Francisco understand this better than Brooke Hollister, who spent much of 2013 as a Health and Aging Policy fellow in the office of Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives.

Ruth Malone
December 05, 2014
Published on Sep 12, 2014

Cigarette smoking has devastating effects on health and it is an unequal opportunity killer. People with lower-incomes and less education, and certain racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to smoke, so they bear a bigger share of the disease burden caused by the tobacco use epidemic. In conversations with several leaders in tobacco control, this video shines a spotlight on this health disparity, how it developed, and how tobacco companies have contributed.



Economic impact of smoking report cover
December 05, 2014

A county-by-county report of the costs of smoking in California funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) was recently completed by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers, Drs. Wendy Max and Hai-Yen Sung. It is the third in a series of reports on California smoking-attributable costs, following reports done in 1989 and 1999.

The full report can be accessed at the Tobacco-Related Disease Reasearch Progam site.