Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies


The effect of California’s paid family leave policy on parent health: A quasi-experimental study

Journel Article IconBethany C. Lee, Sepideh Modrek, Justin S. White, Akansha Batrad, Daniel F. Collin, Rita Hamad

Highlights of the study:
• We tested whether a U.S. paid family leave policy affected parent health.
• California’s policy improved the self-rated health of parents with young children.
• The policy reduced psychological distress for mothers and alcohol use for fathers.
• Paid leave is an important intervention to support families with young children.

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Rapid Response of an Academic Surgical Department to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Implications for Patients, Surgeons, and the Community

Journel Article IconElizabeth M. Lancaster, Julie A. Sosa, Amanda Sammann, Logan Pierce, Wen Shen, 
Michael C. Conte, Elizabeth C. Wick

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, swift actions and preparation are critical for ensuring the best outcomes for patients and providers. We aim to describe our hospital and Department of Surgery’s experience in preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic and caring for surgical patients during this unprecedented time.

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Ask the Experts: Advice about the Coronavirus – 

Interview with Claire Brindis, DrPHProfessor of Pediatrics and Health Policy and Director, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

What are the best measures authorities can take to ensure the safety of its citizens?

The best measures start with clear communication. We have not experienced this type of health threat in about 100 years – and given the rapid nature of what is occurring in our country and the world, we need to be clear about why the strategies we are adopting is protective of as many people as feasible. And we need to share what we do know, what we don’t, and assure that everyone is in this together — even if you are young and don’t believe that you are at risk, you could be putting many others at risk. It is rare in the world to come to terms with the idea of being each other’s “keeper” – because regardless of whether you get ill or not, we will all be paying the price.

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