Research Projects

The following projects are part of the Center for Health Advancement. Together they provide enhanced analysis and evidence-based information to help policy makers, community members and others decide which interventions best improve population health and reduce health disparities.

Win Win

The Win-Win Project assesses the effects of social and public health interventions on a wide variety of outcomes, including population health, high-school graduation, and rates of crime. We identify programs and policies that are likely to have large effects on social and economic outcomes as well as net positive financial benefits for local and state governments. Our findings demonstrate that strategically chosen interventions can maximize community and individual benefits at very low cost.

Health Forecasting

Health Forecasting provides valuable forward-looking information about population-level health status and the potential effects of policies and programs on future health outcomes. Forecasting uses an innovative simulation model to generate health forecasts for a variety of preventable chronic conditions and health behaviors. Our Health Forecasting Tool incorporates research-based linkages between determinants of health, such as race/ethnicity, age, gender, and educational attainment, with epidemiologic information to inform community health planning through the year 2040. Using the Health Forecasting Tool we produce customized forecasts of health for hospitals, cities, and Counties.

Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment is a multidisciplinary process that examines a range of evidence about health effects of a proposed projects and selected policy changes in a structured framework. Our work enables HIA to contribute to more informed decision-making about public policies impacting health in the U.S.  Past and current HIA work has included analyses of living wage ordinances, increase in the gas tax, and the development of California’s High-Speed Rail.

Health Dividend

The US currently spends between $750 billion and $1 Trillion a year on medical expenditures with no medical benefit.  These expenditures include prices that are too high, unnecessary services, excess administrative costs, inefficiencies in care delivery, missed prevention opportunities, and so on.  The Center for Health Advancement is working to make clear the real health opportunity costs of this wasted expenditure.

Evaluations and Analyses

In addition to the 3 major project areas, the Center conducts a number of evaluations and analyses of emerging issues at the frontline of population health and public policy.

The Harmony Project

The Center is partnering with the Harmony Project to design and conduct an evaluation of the impact of the Harmony Project on school achievement, health, and safety. Stay tuned for results.

Health Dividend

This project examines potential alternative uses of the estimated $750 billion that is wasted in medical care each year in the United States. If current health expenditures were decreased, the funding could be transformative for the U.S. policy landscape, as well as promoting significantly greater population health.

Minimum Wage

Center faculty are working with UCLA faculty in the Anderson School and in Economics to assess the health impacts of the increase of LA’s minimum wage to $15/hour.