The nation's leading health policy research center and the premier source of health policy information for California. CHPR is the home of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation's largest state health survey and one of the largest health surveys in the United States.

Services Provided

UCLA CHPR provides data on the health and health care needs of Californians through the California Health Interview Survey. We conduct research on a variety of national, state, and local health policy issues, including health insurance, health care reform, health economics, health disparities, and chronic diseases; produce publications; and conduct training.

Who We Serve

More than 50,000 Californians on dozens of health issues, from health insurance to chronic disease.

Mission and Goals

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research improves the public’s health through high-quality, objective, and evidence-based research and data that informs effective policymaking. We advance this mission through policy analysis, policy-relevant research, public service, community partnership, media relations, and education.

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Impact Statement

Since its founding in 1994, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has produced high-quality, objective, and evidence-based research and data that has informed effective policymaking and improved the lives of millions of Californians. The California Health Interview Survey's health query tool, AskCHIS, has had more than 1.7 million queries since 2003.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research is a cornerstone of policy in California and our data collection methods are a model for how to understand a rapidly changing nation.

— Ninez Ponce, Director, UCLA CHPR

In the beginning…we just didn’t have good data, good information about what was happening. CHIS has filled that void.

— Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment

CHIS data is remarkably important to our advocacy efforts and our work with the media. It gives us a baseline of the state’s problems so that we can tell if we’re making progress.

— Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California

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AJ Scheitler
Director of Development, Engagement, and Strategic Planning