USC Price School of Public Policy


DC Health Policy Forum focuses on shaping nation’s health care system

February 12, 2016

The inaugural Washington, D.C., Health Policy Forum on Feb. 5 and 6 brought together leading experts from the federal government, industry and academia — giving Price MHA and EMHA students and alumni the opportunity to delve deeply into the intricacies of making changes to the nation’s health care system.

Message from Dean Jack H. Knott: Happy Lunar New Year

February 9, 2016

The Price School currently enrolls students from 49 different countries around the world. We are proud of our diversity and believe it affords all Price students the opportunity to learn their respective disciplines with a global perspective. Since many of our students are from East Asian countries where the Lunar New Year is celebrated, I want to take a moment share some of the customs associated with it.

Price master’s students examine the ‘Art of Leadership’

February 5, 2016

Art is meant to be felt and experienced, a visceral stimulation of the senses that generates personal reflection. But there’s also a lot that can be learned about leadership from the dynamics of how art comes together. The Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program at the USC Price School of Public Policy explored the creative side of leadership in January with a two-and-a half-day examination of art and leadership.

USC conversation spotlights immigration policy, effect on families

February 4, 2016

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear the case to determine the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Tomas Rivera Policy Institute co-hosted a timely discussion with Marjorie S. Zatz on her book Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration, Youth and Families. The Jan. 20 conversation also featured TRPI director and USC Price Professor Roberto Suro and USC Gould School of Law Assistant Professor Emily Ryo.

Suro’s NY Times op-ed: ‘Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Made History. Didn’t You Hear?’

February 3, 2016

The New York Times ran an op-ed by Roberto Suro, USC Price School professor and director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, about Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and how they represent themselves as Latino candidates. “Just one night of voting gave us a firm reminder that minority group identities are neither fixed nor categorical, but that instead they can shift and take multiple forms,” Suro wrote.

Safe Communities Institute graduates first class of Public Safety Leadership Program

February 3, 2016

The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School of Public Policy recently completed its first class of the Public Safety Leadership Program (PSLP). The semester-long certificate program, which took place in fall 2015, consisted of 22 students representing 20 community agencies, including law enforcement, corrections, fire, emergency medical services, health, education and local government.

Melnick discusses social, economic costs of soaring diabetes rates on BBC

January 28, 2016

BBC’s “Business Matters” interviewed world-renowned expert Glenn Melnick of the USC Price School about diabetes research (interview begins at 27:00). Melnick discussed health policy research on diabetes. He also discussed the societal costs of diabetes, which can affect worker productivity and the economy as a whole.

Suro interviewed on NPR for story about ‘Why Voters Are So Anxious This Election’

January 26, 2016

NPR interviewed Roberto Suro, USC Price professor and director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, about immigration being such a flash point during the Republican primaries. “One of the most illustrative things that has happened this year was in the way that Donald Trump switched from Mexicans to Muslims almost instantaneously,” Suro said.


People on high-deductible health plans aren’t better health-care shoppers

January 25, 2016

High-deductible health plans are sold as a way for consumers to take greater control over managing their medical costs, but new research shows people on those plans are no better at price shopping for health care professionals or services than people on traditional insurance. “The main message of our research is this: Giving skin in the game or giving people financial incentives is not enough to prompt people to become better consumers of health care,” said co-author Neeraj Sood, director of research at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and vice dean of the USC Price School.

EML alum named new Los Alamitos Police Chief

January 20, 2016

The Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Patch reported that USC Price EML alumnus Eric R. Nuñez has been named the new Los Alamitos Police Chief. Previously serving as the La Palma Police Department chief, Nuñez has trained recruits on topics including ethics and diversity, the story noted.

Sood’s study reveals surprising shopping habits of those with high health deductibles

January 18, 2016

KPCC-FM featured research by Neeraj Sood of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues finding that people with high-deductible health plans don’t shop for more affordable care any more than those with low-deductible plans. “High-deductible health plans are sold as a tool through which we can not only save health care dollars, but we can encourage patients to make value-based decisions,” Sood said. “At least in this test, high-deductible health plans fail.” The study was also cited in Kaiser Health News and Fox News.