February 19, 2015

Commentary: Sex Work, Health Policy and the Need for a Grassroots Social Movement Perspective

February 2015 • By Kate Horton


Sex workers face very real health risks, including violence and sexually transmitted diseases, but the reasons for the risks are largely misunderstood. A growing body of research has shown that the work itself is not always inherently risky...

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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.