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Central Valley Health Policy Institute

Research and Policy

Adequate Prenatal Care and Birth Outcome- A three-year birth file analysis and A provider perspective

Marlene Bengiamin, Ph.D.

This study examines impact of demographics, place of residence, birth-year and systems of care on adequate prenatal care and birth outcomes for the uninsured/underinsured in the San Joaquin Valley. Read the abstract (MSWord) and view the poster (PDF)

Health-Line Medical Call Center Using Cellular Phone Technology in Bangladesh: Lessons Learned in Breaking Economic and Social Barriers in Accessing Healthcare

Mohammad Rahman, PhD, Health Science

The purpose of this project is to understand the impact on access and customer/patient satisfaction through the use of Health-Line Medical Call Center service using cellular phone technology. Read the abstract (MSWord)

Combining Patient Perspectives with Policy-Relevant Quantitative Data in Health Access Research

Mathilda Ruwe, MD, MPH, PhD

Combining qualitative and quantitative data can lead to a better understanding of barriers to health care access and adherence. Traditional approaches of analyzing patient perspectives qualitatively, without linking them to policy-relevant outcomes, fails to establish the role of socio-cultural factors in health policy interventions; while researcher-derived quantitative measures may not be sensitive enough. Read the abstract (MSWord) and view the poster (PDF)

Impact of Community and Store Level Factors on Youth Access to Tobacco

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