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Making California and the Nation Healthier.


Making an Impact on Health and Health Policy

Health care reform. Environmental health. Aging. On a broad range of topics, Center research and California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data are invaluable tools for policymakers at the local, state and national levels who are trying to make an impact in their communities. Health advocates, health care providers, foundations and others also rely on Center research and programs to create change in the neighborhoods they serve.

Recent examples of Center and CHIS impact include:

Who Uses CHIS?

The California Health Interview Survey is one of the nation's most utilized data sources.
As this easy-to-read, one-page fact sheet shows, government agencies, non-profits, hospitals, advocacy groups, universities and countless other organizations alike use CHIS data to increase understanding and create solutions that benefit the health and welfare of every Californian. 
Learn who uses CHIS data, how the data is used, and what users say they can get from CHIS that is not available anywhere else. 

Elder Index: A more realistic measure of poverty

For more than 40 years, the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) has insufficiently assessed poverty in America. It doesn't take into account daily living expenses such as housing, transportation and medical costs.

In response to this outdated measure of poverty, particularly among seniors, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development chose the Center to develop an "Elder Index" measurement that takes into account California's high cost of living.

Department of Aging uses Center data to win $2.3 million grant

The California Department of Aging used California Health Interview Survey data on seniors when they applied for $2.3 million in federal funding.

CHIS data helped the Department demonstrate a clear need for an elder-care self-management program in the state. The Department received the funding and more than 10,000 seniors have enrolled in the program.

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CHIS makes an impact in 2020

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation's largest state health survey, continued to play a significant role in shaping health policies and guidelines of state and national importance in 2020.
The 2020 fact sheet gives an overview of legislation, training, government studies, health advocacy group publications, and policy reports and journal articles by Center researchers and other academic researchers that used CHIS data, as well as media coverage of CHIS-related research.

LGBTs: Unique data on a little-studied group

Researchers and policymakers at the national level are turning to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) for data on the nation’s increasingly diverse populations.

As this one-page, easy-to-read,
fact sheet shows, CHIS is one of the very few comprehensive, ongoing state-level health surveys that regularly collects information on sexual orientation and the issues effecting the LGBT community.



ALERT project battles air pollution

Residents of West Long Beach and Boyle Heights are battling some of the worst air pollution in the nation.

The Center's ALERT (Assessment of Local Environmental Risk Training) project worked with residents to provide them with the latest air pollution data and educate them about the impact of dirty air on their neighborhoods.