IHPL Projects at a Glance
IHPL develops informative policy briefs regarding bills pending before the State legislature, many of which have gathered significant national attention. Examples of such bills include Senate Bill 128 (The End of Life Options Act), Senate Bill 277 (Childhood immunization bill passed and signed into law), and Assembly Bill ABX2-12 (The Fetal Tissue Exploitation Prevention Act). IHPL's "Policy-At-A-Glance" briefs review pending bills, examining supporters and opponents, their rationale, and the bills' implication for Seventh-day Adventist-sponsored health systems. For more information, please visit the Policy Briefs page.
SCAN Foundation Grant
California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) Award
IHPL received a grant from CHCF to screen "Being Mortal" -- a PBS FRONTLINE documentary that follows Dr. Atul Gawande who shares end-of-life experiences of several patients and families. Following the movie, IHPL collaborated with the Center for Christian Bioethics in hosting a panel discussion to spark dialog and reflection on end-of-life issues, including surveying the participants.
The Remaining Uninsured Project
As part of a larger plan to decrease the number of those still lacking health care insurance in our region, IHPL prepared a white paper for the Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County. The paper includes a thorough background study on the remaining uninsured and calls attention to the health care challenges of the uninsured population. In the paper, IHPL underscores recommendations and best practices for lawmakers and elected officials under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Pharmaceuticals and Oral Health
Four of IHPL's Faculty Scholars, representing four healthcare professions, have recently completed a white paper on policy issues related to the prevention of complications associated with the prescription of certain pharmaceuticals. The team is being led by Dr. Paul Gavaza from ' School of Pharmacy and includes Faculty Scholars from Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Dentistry.
Wholeness Transportation Plan Proposal
Partnering with two other LLU institutes (The Wholeness Institute and the Institute for Community Partnerships), IHPL developed a multi-faceted proposal for an innovative Wholeness Transportation Plan for LLU Health. Recognizing the health value within the built environment, IHPL proposed an active transportation plan that incorporates biking, walking, and transit access at LLUH regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.
Air Quality Policy Analyses
The Environmental Rail Yard Research Impacting Community Health (ENRRICH) Project is a collaborative effort involving a number of academic, scientific and community based entities. The research focuses on characterizing the community health burden in residential areas near the San Bernardino Rail Yard (SBR), particularly the negative health outcomes in low-income communities immediately adjacent to the SBR. IHPL's focus is assisting with policy analyses related to the findings of this research.