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Special Events

The Center hosts conferences and special events that bring together health policy leaders and renowned​ researchers to discuss pressing health care and policy issues.
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Recent special events include: 

April 19, 2022: Paul Torrens Forum: A Tribute to Jerry Kominski — Healthcare Reform in California & the Nation

Gerald (Jerry) Kominski, PhD, director emeritus (2012–2018) and senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR), has been a leading voice in California and nationally on issues related to health care reform and expanding access to care.

An exceptional mentor and teacher, Kominski has been a member of the UCLA faculty for more than 30 years, as professor of health policy and management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) and professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He also served as associate dean for academic programs at UCLA FSPH from 2001–2008.

Since 2010, Kominski's research has focused on evaluating the expected and actual impacts of health care reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He co-led the development of the California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) model, which is used by Covered California to forecast eligibility, enrollment, and expenditures under the landmark law. During the event, Kominski will provide an overview of these and other reform efforts in California and the nation.

The event includes a panel of health reform experts, moderated by Kominski, to talk about the strides we have made and the hurdles yet to overcome. 

Panel Features:

Dr. Mark Peterson
Professor, Public Policy and Political Science, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Professor, Law, UCLA School of Law

Dr. Arturo Vargas Bustamante
Professor, Health Policy and Managaement, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Moderated by:

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Kominski
Professor Emeritus, Health Policy and Managaement, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Professor Emeritus, Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

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March 30, 2022: Dr. Steven P. Wallace Memorial

A celebration of the life and legacy of UCLA CHPR's Associate Director Dr. Steven P. Wallace, an internationally renowned scholar on aging in communities of color and immigrant health and health policy, a champion for health equity, and a beloved educator and mentor, who passed away on March 30, 2021.

Family, friends, colleagues, and students gathered to share stories and memories in honor and remembrance of his life.

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October 4–5, 2021: 2021 E.R. Brown Symposium  — Opening Doors for All: Improving Health in Housing and Homelessness
This year's symposium brought public health leaders, community advocates, policymakers, and other thought leaders together to discuss one of the most pressing public health issues facing Californians: housing and homelessness. Throughout two days, speakers from around the country shared past successes and lessons learned, discussed some of the underlying economic and social factors contributing to homelessness, and identified opportunities so that California can invest effectively with evidence-based solutions to creating a healthier, more prosperous California for all. Day 1 of the symposium featured: Ninez Ponce, Director, UCLA CHPR Bill Purcell, Former Mayor, Nashville and Davidson County Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland, California Phil Ting, California State Assemblymember, District 19 Suzette Shaw, Poet and Skid Row Advocate Philip F. Mangano, President and CEO, The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness Kathryn Monet, CEO, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Margot Kushel, Director, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations

Watch the Day 1 video.

Day 2 of the symposium featured: Ninez Ponce, UCLA CHPR Director Isaac G. Bryan, California State Assemblymember, District 54 Donald H. Whitehead, Jr., Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless Gary Painter, Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and Homelessness Policy Research Institute Leepi Shimkhada, Director of Housing and Services, Housing for Health, LA County Department of Health Services
Watch the Day 2 video

Named after UCLA CHPR founder E. Richard "Rick" Brown, the E.R. Brown Symposium is an annual event that honors the life of Rick Brown, who spent his life advocating strongly for a health-care-for-all system that would ensure health services for every Californian.


October 14, 2020: 2020 E.R. Brown Symposium — Healing a Fractured Society: Health Care as a Right

Can we heal our broken health care system? What role does social justice and equity play in achieving health care for all? Join the UCLA Center for Health Policy Reserach and leading experts from around the country for an important conversation on the fractures the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare in our health systems and the strategies for change in addressing health equity.

The free symposium brought together public health leaders, community advocates, policymakers researchers, faculty, students, and more for critical discussions on the past, present, and the way forward. 

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March 1, 2019: The E. Richard Brown Symposium on Universal Health Care in California
Participants learned about the origins of universal health care systems in other countries, how they operate, and whether one could be implemented in California during the E. Richard Brown Symposium on universal health care on March 1 and 2, 2019. 

The symposium featured a trio of international health policy experts--Tsung-Mei Cheng, Princeton University, discussed Taiwan's system; Raisa Deber, University of Toronto, spoke about Canada's regional models; and Joseph Kutzin, World Health Organization, covered a number of systems in developing and moderate-income countries. 


October 7, 2014: Twenty Years of Progress in Health Policy -- The Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Watch this stirring tribute to the Center's 20 years of service to California and the nation, including testimonials from the state's health leaders and a salute to our founding director, E. Richard Brown. 

August 2013: Gerald Kominski, Shana Alex Lavarreda, Dylan Roby et al. 
"Understanding the Affordable Care Act: Seminar for Legislative Staff"
Nearly 100 legislative staff participated in an Aug. 28 seminar on health care reform, organized by the Center and UCLA Government and Community Relations. The event, "Understanding the Affordable Care Act: Seminar for Legislative Staff," was held at the California Community Foundation in downtown Los Angeles and was specifically tailored to the needs of constituent services and health policy staff of the California delegation. Center Director Gerald Kominski, as well as Shana Alex Charles, who directs the Center's Health Insurance Studies Program, and Dylan Roby, who directs the Center's Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program, helped legislative staff prepare for the questions they will receive from their constituents -- individuals and businesses -- as the Affordable Care Act is implemented in coming months. Cynthia Carmona, the director of government and external affairs for the Community Clinic Association of LA County, joined the panel to discuss the safety-net role clinics will play for the remaining uninsured.
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February 2012: "Sustaining and Extending Health Care Reform"
Health care reform fa​ces legal challenges and critical tests in coming months. What is the future for this important new law? In this symposium, California's leading health experts discuss the future of health care reform. 
Watch the video h​ere.​




April 2011: "The Impact of Federal Budget Cuts on Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Research" with Rep. Karen Bass​
Karen Bass, representative for the 33rd Congressional district and former California Assembly Speaker, will speaks about the impact of proposed cuts to the nation's health care system, including proposals to fundamentally alter the structure of two popular programs affecting millions of Americans: Medicare and Medicaid. 
Watch the video here.​
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