The mission of the Schaeffer Center at USC is to promote health and value in health care delivery through innovative research and policy in the United States and internationally.
RELEVANT, RIGOROUS, INDEPENDENT
In 2009 the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics was established at the University of Southern California (USC) with a generous gift from Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer. The establishment of the Schaeffer Center came at a time that demanded new thinking and new approaches to solving our health and health care challenges. The nation has long sought to better understand and to develop policy to increase access, control spending and improve quality and health outcomes.
The passage of Federal health care reform adds a new sense of urgency to these issues and, in addition, raises new questions related to the macro consequences of health spending on the nation’s economy and fiscal health. Because health care touches everyone’s life and is inextricably linked with the broader economy, addressing health policy issues requires perspectives from different fields of expertise and creative research methods. For this reason, the Schaeffer Center is based on the principle of interdisciplinary research.
The Center is the result of a unique collaboration between the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy. For the first time, this new Center brings together health policy experts from the School of Public Policy, a seasoned pharmacoeconomics team from the School of Pharmacy, and other affiliated faculty and scholars from across USC and a number of other distinguished universities. The Center is led by Dana Goldman, the Norman Topping Chair in Medicine and Public Policy, at USC. A core faculty of three distinguished colleagues, Darius Lakdawalla, Neeraj Sood, and Geoffrey Joyce, oversee the domestic, international and policy research programs, respectively. The Center is committed to developing exceptional human and technical capacity to conduct interdisciplinary research, policy analysis, and training.
The Center’s vision is to become a premier research and educational institution recognized for innovative, independent research and significant contributions to policy development and health care system improvement. Its mission is to promote health and value in health care delivery by conducting rigorous research and policy in the United States and internationally. With its extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the Center will have a vital impact on the transformation of health care.
To view the Schaeffer Center’s latest annual report, click here:
Schaeffer Center Year 1 Annual Report