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Congratulations, Charleen!


Charleen Hsuan and Hector Rodriguez have just published an article in the American Journal of Public Health entitled, “The Adoption and Discontinuation of Clinical Services by Local Health Departments

The article finds that,

Most LHDs are discontinuing clinical services over time. Those that cover a wide range of core public health functions are less likely to discontinue services when residents lack care access. Thus, the impact of discontinuation on population health may be mitigated.


Congratulations to Charleen and Hector for their excellent work.


UC Open Access Policy for Scholarly Publications

escholarship top-bannerOpen Access has arrived!  All (or almost all) of our scholarly work published from now on will be provided free of charge to the world through the UC’s eScholarship repository.  This is an exciting development that has the potential to substantially expand access to the research we produce.

To be in compliance with this policy, nothing is required of UCLA faculty.  Publishers have already been notified that UC will make a version of its faculty’s publications available online, and almost all publishers have agreed.

However, there are several steps that UCLA faculty should take to make maximum use of the policy.

  1. Deposit your articles or pre-publication versions.  Faculty can benefit from the UC Open Access policy immediately by depositing their work in the UC eScholarship repository.  The process takes a couple of minutes, but is largely painless.  You may deposit either the final typescript or the typeset copy, depending on the publisher.  Most publishers permit the typeset version.  Please be sure to respect the journal’s embargo policy, if applicable.
  2. When you receive the copyright form from the publisher, please include a standard UC addendum, which specifies that UC retains the right to promulgate your research.  The form is customized with the author’s name and title of the work.  It is available here.  (Be sure to request an addendum, not a waiver or embargo.) Submitting this form to the journal office is not required and is not legally necessary, but it is considered good practice.

Note that this policy is optional.  If for any reason, the scholar does not want to make the work publicly available, he or she simply needs to submit a waiver request.

This policy complements the NIH public access Policy:

NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandates that any research funded by the agency be posted in the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central open access digital archive within 12 months of publication in a subscription-only journal. Publishing your NIH-funded work in eScholarship alone will not fulfill this policy. However:

  • the NIH explicitly allows authors to post their work in both PubMed Central and institutional repositories such as eScholarship; and

  • posting an article in PubMed Central, and using the eScholarship Deposit process to provide the link to that article, does fulfill the requirement of the UC Open Access Policy.

learnitlogoAs mentioned in our last faculty meeting, UCLA provides free access to a number of online technology tutorials, videos, and other learning material.  The main portal is through  There you can click on Lynda for access to informational videos on how to create pivot tables in Excel, how to improve your powerpoint presentations, and how to engage in effective change management.  These are all topics that offer benefit to our students—and to us.



Health Forum

FSPHealthForumLogo The Health Forum kicked off a new year with a great session on digital health.  Check out Zita’s excellent summary here.

Congratulations, Mark!

Mark_Litwin2Mark Litwin has been appointed to the Frances and Ray Stark Chair in Urology, effective immediately.  Congratulations, Mark!

Mark’s appointment to the chair recognizes his major contributions to the field of urological health services research, as well as his international standing in the field that he helped to invent.  His research and other contributions to the field have been invaluable, and it is great to see him recognized with such an important distinction.



Thanks to Anna, the Department now has a Facebook page!  While the blog is intended primarily for communication within the faculty, the Facebook page will help us stay in touch with our students, alumni, employers, and others with ties to the Department.  The Facebook page will be a great way for everyone to connect to the people who make the Department of Health Policy and Management- UCLA FSPH so great, and to the issues that make it so important.

If you’re on Facebook already, please like the Department’s page.  If not, no worries–you can still view the page.

Anna created the page yesterday and we have 55 likes already!

I would encourage all faculty to post to the Facebook page, particularly any research or policy work that they’ve either done or find particularly interesting for the field.  Enjoy!

Health Systems in Transition

HiT-United-States-of-AmericaThe European Observatory—an arm of the WHO with funding from the World Bank, national governments and universities—publishes a series of wonderful overviews of national health systems that they call HiT’s: Health Systems in Transition.  Each book-length report provides a carefully researched,  accessible, and thorough introduction of the institutional design, performance, and challenges facing the provision of healthcare in the country it reports on.

These reviews are tremendously helpful, and their only flaw has been the omission of the United States.  Until now.  Tom Rice, Pauline Rosenau (a department alum), Lynn Unruh, and Andrew Barnes (another department alum), have now come out with their first US HiT.  It’s free to download! Check it out.