USC Price School of Public Policy


Experts debate current, future dilemmas at Neely Center’s Next Generation Ethics Conference

April 19, 2018

Neely Center Director Ali Abbas addresses the audience at the 2018 Next Generation Ethics Conference. (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan) See more photos on Flickr » By Matthew Kredell Leading experts in the fields of public policy, business, engineering, technology and medicine converged at USC on March 30 for the Next Generation Ethics Conference, a discussion of important ethical dilemmas that society currently faces, or will face in the near future. The symposium is the first […]

Education can hold off dementia, new USC-led study finds

April 19, 2018

Two USC-led studies – which appeared on April 16 in a special, dementia-focused supplement of The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences – shed new insight into dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One study, led by USC Price School of Public Policy Vice Dean Julie Zissimopoulos, a researcher at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, explored how dementia would be impacted if other chronic diseases associated with increased risk of dementia were addressed; for example, if the onset of diabetes or hypertension after age 50 was reduced by half. Such a feat would extend people’s lives by a year and improve their overall health, Zissimopoulos and co-authors found. However, those improvements would come with a significant tradeoff: more people aged 65 and over would live with dementia and for a longer period of time.

Videos: Strategies for improving affordability of high-quality care and coverage

April 19, 2018

The USC Schaeffer Center for Health policy & Economics, in partnership with the National Coalition on Health Care, hosted the Southern California Health Care Summit: “Strategies for Improving the Affordability of High-Quality Care and Coverage” in March at USC. The event brought together health care experts to discuss advances in practice and policy that aim to improve the affordability of health care — for patients and families, employers, public and private payers, and providers.

Student aims to help LA’s most vulnerable through County Board fellowship

April 15, 2018

USC Price School of Public Policy master’s student Chris Ah San knew he couldn’t change a system unless he understood it. Now he’s getting the background he needs working in the office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with help from a fellowship funded by the David Bohnett Foundation. Ah San’s experience – including what motivates his desire for change – is chronicled in the Spring 2018 issue of Trojan Family Magazine.

Trish, Goldman examine Walmart, CVS, efforts to purchase health insurance companies

April 12, 2018

Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Dana Goldman and Erin Trish of the USC Schaeffer Center about Walmart and CVS’ efforts to purchase health insurance companies. Trish and Goldman argue this sort of consolidation can threaten health care markets. “These vertical ‘megadeals’ will certainly disrupt care patterns and lower costs, but no one can know whether the savings will flow to shareholder or patients, and whether their health will improve,” they wrote.

Guiliano discusses the LAX people mover

April 12, 2018

Los Angeles Times quoted Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School about the Los Angeles City Council-approved people mover that will connect existing public transportation with LAX terminals.

Goldman analyzes the diabetes crisis in Mexico

April 12, 2018

U.S. News & World Report published commentary by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and a colleague on the escalating diabetes crisis in Mexico, which may be impacted by the removal of  junk food labels following North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Goldman, who also worked with Bryan Tysinger on analyzing the data, found that if Mexico can advocate for lifestyle changes among its populace, it is possible to reduce the onset of the disease. “While it’s wonderful to minimize trade barriers for U.S. foods and beverages, the long-term costs may be more than we want to bear. Cautionary labels are cheap, diabetes is anything but. Consider this a warning,” Goldman wrote.

Gioia mentioned for winning the Poets’ Prize

April 10, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle mentioned Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, won the Poets’ Prize for his latest collection.