When Michael Dukakis, visiting Professor of Public Policy (winter quarters), was Governor of Massachusetts, he led that state to being one of the first to enact a comprehensive health care reform plan. National health care reform was a priority of his campaign as the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 1988. He continues to write and speak widely on both state and national-level health care issues.
Pediatrician Neal Halfon, Professor of Pediatrics, Community Health Services, and Public Policy, and a consultant to the RAND Health Program, is Director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities and directs the Child and Family Health Program in the UCLA School of Public Health as well as the federally funded Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s National Center for Infancy and Early Childhood Health Policy Research. Active on numerous expert panels and advisory panels, including for the Institute of Medicine, and the leader of the team that developed and implemented the 2000 National Survey of Early Childhood Health, his research focuses on poverty and children's health; access to care; child health policy; coordination of services for high-risk children; special concerns of children with multiple health care needs, including children in foster care and drug exposed infants; and defining a mode l of life-course development and health production.
Howard Noble Professor of Management, Public Policy, and History, Sanford M. Jacoby does extensive research on employment and labor policy, the political economy of business-government relations, and social welfare policy, including health insurance and old-age pensions in advanced industrial nations. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Previously the Associate Head of the RAND Health Program, health economist Arleen Leibowitz, Professor of Public Policy, serves on Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City committees and task forces focusing on HIV/AIDS and access to health care, and has been active in the research programs of the U.S. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, National Institute of Mental Health, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Public Policy Institute of California. She has published innumerable peer-reviewed articles and reports in the fields of health insurance, managed care, HIV/AIDS services, mental health services, Medicaid, and children’s health services.
Economist Daniel Mitchell, Ho-su Wu Professor of Management in the Anderson School of Management and Professor of Public Policy, studies labor and employment issues, including non-wage employee benefits, such as health insurance, and social insurance. He has also written about health care reform in California. He serves on the University of California Retirement System Board as a designee of the Academic Senate.
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Mark A. Peterson for nine years edited the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, a leading scholarly journal in the field and now chairs its Executive Committee. He also chairs the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program and serves on the NACs of two other programs for the Foundation, and is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance’s Study Panel on Medicare and Markets. As a Legislative Assistant for Health Policy in the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, he helped draft bills on comprehensive national health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and long-term care insurance consumer protection. He edited Healthy Markets? The New Competition in Medical Care (Duke University P ress), co-edited Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care (Duke University Press), and has written extensively on American national institutions and the politics of health care.
Sarah J. Reber, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and a former staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers at the White House, includes health policy within her overall research portfolio in public economics and labor economics. Her work includes an influential analysis of competition in health insurance markets. For 2003-2005 she was selected for the prestigious Scholars in Health Policy Research Program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which she pursued at the University of California, Berkeley, one of the program’s three sites.
Former Assistant Secretary for Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging, Fernando Torres-Gil, Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy, is an expert in the fields of health and long-term care, the politics of aging, social policy, ethnicity, and disability. He has multiple books and articles on these issues, was elected a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academy of Public Administration, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Other UCLA Faculty and Health Policy (Selected)
Ronald Andersen, Fred W. and Pamela K. Wasserman Professor of Health Services, and Professor of Sociology.
A.E. (Ted) Benjamin, Professor of Social Welfare
Robert H. Brook, Professor of Health Services and Medicine; Director, UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
E. Richard Brown, Director, Center for Health Policy Research, Professor of Health Services and Community Health Services
Janet Currie, Professor of Economics
Susan Ettner, Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Services
Jonathan Fielding, Professor, Health Services and Pediatrics
Oscar Grusky, Professor of Sociology
Mary Nicolette Hart, Professor of Sociology
Gerald F. Kominski, Professor, Health Services; Associate Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Anne Pebley, Professor of Community Health Services and Sociology
Thomas Rice, Professor of Health Services
Abigail Saguy, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Duncan Thomas, Professor of Economics