Keck-Schaeffer Initiative
 
 
 

Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health

The mission of the Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health is to combine empirical, multidisciplinary and policy-driven research with clinical insight to develop high value strategies to improve the health of vulnerable populations.

History of the Initiative

The Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health Policy (KSI) is a collaboration between the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. Housed in the USC Roski Eye Institute and created with support from the USC Department of Emergency Medicine and the Schaeffer Center, the KSI will foster multidisciplinary collaborations to generate new research and educational opportunities to study population health policy at the Keck School of Medicine.

Project Areas
The KSI is conducting cutting edge research designed to improve population health across several key areas. Currently, our ongoing work addresses the following topics:
  • Expanding access to high quality vision care
  • Improving behavioral health care in the US
  • Reducing the burden of disability due to injury or chronic illness
  • Fighting America’s opioid epidemic

Steering Committee Members:
Rohit Varma, MD, MPH
Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC
 
Carl Chudnofsky, MD
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
 
Dana Goldman, PhD
Director, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics

STATE-LEVEL CHART BOOKS ON THE COST OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Providing access to high-quality medical care to patients with mental, behavioral and substance abuse disorders is one of the most important challenges in U.S. healthcare today. Helping individuals with mental illness requires a comprehensive strategy specific to the local challenges. As state policymakers assess new proposals to improve mental health treatment and access, understanding the population effected, the coverage gaps and the overall economic burden is integral to developing sustainable solutions that meet the need. The KSI has created several state-specific data chartbooks to quantify the magnitude of the challenges facing these states. In them, we present data from various sources to describe characteristics of the population with mental health disorders, the shortage of mental health providers, the impact on the healthcare system, and the implications for the criminal justice system. This project is a collaboration with BHECON, which aims to unite diverse stakeholders to identify, examine, and advance policy reforms to strengthen states’ mental health delivery systems.

Connecticut Facts and Figures

 










Appendix for Connecticut Chartbook

Illinois Facts and Figures

Appendix for Illinois Chartbook

Missouri Facts and Figures


Appendix for Missouri Chartbook

Pennsylvania Facts and Figures














Appendix for Pennsylvania Chartbook

















EVENTS/PAST EVENTS

BHECON  Policy Forums

Illinois | January 30, 2017
Pennsylvania | January 13, 2017
Connecticut | March 1, 2017
Missouri | March 21, 2017

Health Affairs Briefing:

The Work/Health Relationship
February 7, 2017

LEADERSHIP

Seth Seabury, PhD
Seth Seabury, PhD
Director, Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health

Seth Seabury, PhD
Michael Menchine
Associate Director, Keck-Schaeffer Initiative for Population Health