IHA Centers and Programs

Within IHA, there are 4 centers, which focus on special areas of research. Dorothy Pechman Rice Center for Health Economics. The Dorothy Pechman Rice Center for Health Economics was established in May 2000 to conduct applied research in public health, provide training and mentoring to health economics professionals, and disseminate health economics information to professional and lay audiences. Professor Wendy Max is the Center’s director; Professor Dorothy Rice is director emerita.

The Center honors the values that Professor Rice has championed throughout her career: generosity in sharing time and knowledge, thoughtful analysis of health economics issues, and commitment to public service. Areas of research interest include: cost of illness, chronic illness, tobacco, aging, injury, and methodology. Some recent studies are:

  • The Cost of Smoking in California, 2009
  • Developing Models of Health and Healthcare Expenditures Attributable to the Use of Tobacco Products
  • Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among People Living in Multiunit Housing
  • Addicted to Tobacco: the Case of Malawi
  • The Impact of Tobacco Taxation on African Americans
  • Economic Evaluation of Incentives to Quit Smoking for MediCal Recipients
  • The Economic Impact of Smoking on the LGB Community

Lesbian Health Research Center

The Lesbian Health Research Center (http://www.lesbianhealthinfo.org) is the first national research center specifically concerned with health issues of lesbians, bisexual women, transgendered individuals, their families, and health care providers. The Center’s mission is to enhance clinical practice and inform policy about the health care needs of and delivery of services to lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender individuals through a program of research, postgraduate education and training, and public service. The LHRC maintains a website that women anywhere in the world can use to anonymously obtain confidential health information.

The Center was founded by Professors Suzanne Dibble and Patricia Robertson. Today, Ellen Haller, MD and Rosanna Segovia serve as co-directors, and Maria Cora is executive director. Since its inception, the LHRC has been located within IHA, which serves as its intellectual, administrative, and physical home.

In addition, the LHRC is creating a national think tank to focus on the issues of LGBT health, and serving as a core collaborator for the newly formed California LGBT Health Coalition for which it will provide culturally appropriate training for providers and assist work on community-based projects.

In February of 2010 LHRC celebrated the release of the first comprehensive lesbian health textbook ever published, Lesbian Health 101: A Clinician’s Guide. The book was edited by LHRC Founding Co-Directors Suzanne Dibble, RN, DNSc, professor emerita in the Institute for Health & Aging, and Patricia Robertson, MD, professor and Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology Education, and was published by the UCSF School of Nursing Press.

The Community Living Policy Center

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Living Policy is aimed at identifying methods of improving the long-term services and support (LTSS) system in the states, improving data collection on community living policy, and developing a strategic plan for community living research. Center projects include:

  • development of a strategic plan for community living research
  • identification of promising practices in state LTSS systems
  • conducting an inventory of state LTSS policies, practices, programs, and future plans,
  • conducting evaluations and cases studies
  • basic research on selected topics in community living, involving analysis of national survey datasets to obtain information on (a) trends in family caregiving, (b) supply of and demand for accessible, affordable housing, and (c) state variation in community participation among people with disabilities
  • development of methods for improved monitoring progress in state LTSS systems

The Center for Transdisciplinary Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research in Translational Genomics (CT2G)

CT2G was established in 2013 as an exploratory Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research (CEER) with funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute. The CT2G is a collaboration between Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research, the University of California at San Francisco, and the University of California Hastings, College of the Law. The center brings together bioethicists, clinicians, lawyers, and scientists from different disciplines to identify and examine the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of translating genomic findings into clinical care.

The goals of the CT2G over its first three years are to:

  • Create a strong intellectual community spanning disciplines and institutions engaged in identifying and deliberating about emerging ELSI issues in translational genomics
  • Convene joint working groups to address critical issues in translational genomics. These working groups will be focused on three critical areas:
    • Interrogating the changing boundaries between research and clinical care
    • Examining the role of sex/gender and race/ethnicity in the translation of precision medicine into practice
    • Creating strategies for adaptive governance of whole genome data used in research and practice
  • Plan and initiate a program in ELSI education focused on pre-doctoral students and clinicians. The cornerstone of this program will be a one-year ELSI fellowship for clinicians from multiple fields.