Dr. Brindis holds the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Chair in Health Policy and is Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (PRL-IHPS) at the University of California, San Francisco. She is Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, the Executive Director of the National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Resource Center and the Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Dr. Brindis’ inter-disciplinary policy research and personal commitment focuses on ameliorating the impact of social, health, and economic disparities among a wide variety of multi-ethnic/racial populations, with a particular focus on women’s, young adults’, and adolescents’ health insurance coverage, access to care, and preventive health services.
Dr. Brindis brings a variety of research experiences reflecting her community- and clinical-based, multi-site, qualitative and quantitative studies which strongly emphasize participatory research, logic model development, and quality improvement/program management use of evaluation findings. As a bi-lingual, bi-cultural researcher, Dr. Brindis has contributed to research, policy and program development, and training in the field of women’s, young adult, and adolescent health since the early 1970’s. Beginning in the field of reproductive health, including the evaluation of the largest 1115 Medicaid Waiver supporting subsidized family planning services in California, she expanded her work to include program evaluations of multi-site initiatives at the federal, state, and local level in diverse health care and public health content areas. Her projects range from studies of community coalitions working in the area of asthma prevention in low income communities throughout California to studies of safety-net consortia and their efforts to increase access to underserved populations, as well as studies focused on measuring the integration of behavioral and primary health care. Most recently, her research has focused on the effects of the implementation of the ACA on young adults up to age 26, shared patient decision-making at the system level, the health of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and the challenges of enrolling other hard-to-enroll populations in health insurance.
Dr. Brindis has committed her academic career to translating and synthesizing a variety of research findings in order to close the dramatic gap between available evidence and its incorporation in policies, programs, and training. Perhaps because of her own personal history as a first generation Latina (immigrating from Argentina) and the daughter of two court translators in the Los Angeles Court System, Dr. Brindis pursues diverse opportunities to actively engage a wide array of policy makers and stakeholders, including community groups and providers, in shaping and translating her applied research, as well as mechanisms to make research implications implementable. Having established academic and community training and mentoring programs, both domestically and internationally, Dr. Brindis’ career exemplifies a strong commitment to train and mentor future health policy leaders who will help meet the health needs of our nation’s increasingly diverse population.
Dr. Brindis serves on numerous expert panels, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures, the Committee on Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Young Adults, and the Committee on Preventive Services for Women, whose recommendations requiring women’s annual preventive health visits and other preventive health services, without co-payment as part of the ACA, potentially impacts over 47 million women. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2011.
Dr. Brindis holds a BA and an MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a DrPH in Behavioral Sciences and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Brindis’ work has been recognized by an Integrity Award from the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1994), the Beverlee A. Meyer Award for Excellence in Public Health from the California Department of Health Services, as well as a California State Senate Resolution for Distinguished Service to the Public and the State of California (2000), the Federal Maternal & Child Health Bureau Director’s Award: In Recognition of Contributions Made to the Health of Infants, Mothers, Children, Adolescents & Children with Special Needs (2001), the UCSF’s Chancellor’s Award for the Advancement of Women (2009), the Alumni Hall of Fame from the UCLA School of Public Health (2013), and the Carl Schultz Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association (2014).