Health Care Delivery in California: Post-Pandemic Changes and Challenges

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shook the nation, pressing the health care system and workers to their edge. For California, health care systems have struggled under the surge of repeated COVID-19 cases and multiple variants, intensifying disparities in care and resources.

In order to build a healthy California for all, the implementation of Medicaid Program that offers coverage regardless of age or immigration status would make health care more accessible, thereby lessening socio-political and economic challenges.

In this seminar, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Dean and C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair Dana Goldman and California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly discuss health care in California, covering children in the Medicaid Program, the impact on mental health post-COVID and what the state can do to address the broader inequities exposed by the pandemic.

Who Will Benefit

– California residents who want to know how health care is transforming through various coverage programs
– Those looking to understand how data and technology could be used to alter health care in California
– Mental health advocates seeking more information on how the pandemic impacted youth behavioral changes

About Our Featured Faculty

Dana Goldman is the dean at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, as well as the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy and Economics at USC. Goldman began serving in his new capacity as interim dean on July 1, 2020. One of his first initiatives is to establish the Price School Social Justice Advisory Board representing faculty, staff and students. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance – two of his field’s highest honors. He is the author of more than 300 articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in leading medical, economic, health policy and statistics journals. He has raised more than $100 million in funding from external sources — including more than $50 million from the National Institutes of Health. Goldman pioneered the “Netflix model” to improve access to prescription drugs and the value of reduced copayments for the chronically ill.