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Center for Healthcare Decisions and Center for Health Policy and Research, University of California, Davis, to Join Up


Dear Colleagues and Friends:

The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), University of California, Davis, and the Center for Healthcare Decisions (CHCD) are pleased to announce their merger, effective September 2017. The two organizations have teamed on projects for many years, and leadership of both organizations are enthusiastic about combining their respective bodies of work going forward.

"CHCD’s board unanimously approved this transition. We are confident that our mission to bring complex health policy issues before the public and present their informed views to policymakers will be enhanced by integrating it with the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. CHPR’s ‘big data’ analytics, along with CHCD’s ‘high touch’ deliberative methods, will significantly strengthen our joint research capabilities," stated Patricia E. Powers, executive director.

"We are delighted that we will be joining forces," said Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH, director, CHPR. "Both of our organizations have worked to inform health policy and improve healthcare for more than two decades; we look forward to combining forces to provide policy-relevant information that includes the views of an informed public."

Lori Dangberg, who has served on CHCD’s board since its inception, will be joining CHPR’s newly formed external advisory board. Ms. Dangberg noted that “CHCD’s civic engagement work resulted in significant improvements in care at the end-of-life, as well as provided valuable policy recommendations regarding health benefits, cost, and quality. There are many more issues where thoughtful public input is essential, especially in these polarizing times.”

About CHCD
Founded in 1994, CHCD is a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Sacramento, CA. CHCD promotes civic engagement in health policy, capturing the public voice on contemporary, often controversial, local, state, and national health issues.

About CHPR
Founded in 1994, CHPR, an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Davis, is an interdisciplinary, collaborative organization that facilitates research, promotes education, and informs health and healthcare policy. CHPR aims to improve the health of the public by contributing new knowledge about access, delivery, cost, quality and outcomes.



Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, UCD
2103 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA  95817
Phone:  (916) 734-2818

Promoting civic engagement, CHCD brings healthcare policy questions to the public — and brings the public’s informed views to policymakers and healthcare leaders.

What Is Public Deliberation?

An in-depth, interactive group process that engages the citizenry in topics where there are no simple or easy answers. Deliberation is an essential – but often missing – piece in healthcare reform today.

Answering Difficult Questions

Should health plans set limits on providers who deliver lower-quality care?
Are doctors obligated to follow “best practices” for their patients?
These – and other questions – are central to healthcare reform.

Want To Engage The Public?

From local issues (prioritizing the county’s public health efforts) to national concerns (how Medicare should be changed to meet the needs of future seniors), there is a role for the public voice.