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Policy Analysis Unit

Contact Information
Policy Analysis Unit
Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

313 N. Figueroa St., Room 127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7785
Fax: (213) 250-2594
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External Resources

   Economic Evaluation:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Public Health Economic Tools   

Maintained by the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. It provides links to a variety of tools developed by health economists to calculate, among others, the costs of various illnesses, demand for services during a pandemic, and the costs and benefits of changing regulations on HIV screening among new immigrants to the US. In addition, the page directs users to health economics training and other resources relevant to economic evaluation in public

CDC Link
Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Economics Research Center: 

HERC assists VA researchers in assessing the cost-effectiveness of medical care, evaluating the efficiency of programs and providers, and conducting health economics research. Their website includes various resources describing the basic concepts and methods used in health economics, archives of webinars and online courses given by VA researchers, and a database of health economics publications

HERC Link  
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Health Economics Self-Study Course:  

Online course with content describing the scope of health economics, the US health care system, and a guide to identify and assess the quality of health economics studies and related publications. 

NIH Link
Academy Health:  

Public Health Systems Research is an emerging discipline that examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services, as well as the impact of these activities on population health. The PHSR website provides an overview of the field and links to various training and research resources from the PHSR community. The group holds a meeting every year in conjunction with Academy Health's Annual Research Meeting.


   Health Impact Assessments:

CDC Health Impact Assessment and Toolkits:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed facts sheets, and tool kits outlining methodology and evidence based practices of how to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). The CDC website provides an exhaustive search of organizations that are currently conducting HIA’s, methods of incorporating health consideration into policy and programmatic decision made in non-health fields and major subject areas that utilize HIA’s to impact change.  

CDC Link
World Health Organization (WHO) HIA Methodology and Capacity Building: 

WHO has been focusing his HIA efforts related to water resources development and maintains a strong relationship with the International Association for Impact Assessment.  WHO has published reports on HIA methodology development, and mechanisms for building HIA capacity.

WHO Link
PEW Charitable Trusts:

The PEW Charitable Trusts is an organization that strives to improve public policy by conducting rigorous analysis linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and to inform the public by providing useful data that illuminate the issues and trends shaping our world.  PEW has developed a comprehensive guide to support practitioners in the field, by describing the key tasks and activities for HIA as well as the issues and challenges that arise in the course of practice.

PEW Link

   Model Simulation:

Making the Case for Systems Science Approaches in Public Health:

This paper outlines the context for systems science, opportunities for the application of systems science in public health, and ways of moving the field of systems science forward in the public health realm.

Link to paper
Opening a Window on Systems Science Research in Health Promotion and Public Health:

This paper outlines simulation modeling in healthcare and provides insight into systems science.  It sought examples of work that demonstrates how systems science methods have been used to engage practical challenges and opportunities within real-world organizational settings.

Link to paper
Simulation Modeling in Healthcare: reviewing legacies and investigating futures:

This article proposes considered futures for the use of simulation as a problem solving technique within healthcare settings. The article presents options for how simulation could be used within the healthcare domain. Such options or futures could assist in identifying the critical barriers towards having a successful strategy and provide the basis for debate that will be necessary to attain it.

Link to paper
How Modeling Can Inform Strategies to Improve Population Health: A Workshop:

On April 9, 2015 the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement in Washington, DC held a workshop exploring how modeling can inform strategies to improve population health. The workshop included a dialogue between modelers from a range of disciplines and model users with a focus on making practical contributions to move modeling forward in population health at local, state, and federal levels including strategies to build capacity for modeling.

Link to workshop
National Institutes of Health: An Overview of Systems Science:

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research  provides an overview of system science research, and a compilation of systems science resources including relevant literature video casts, presentations and more.

Link to site

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