The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, established in 2009 at the University of Southern California through a generous gift from Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer, reflects Mr. Schaeffer’s lifelong commitment to solving healthcare issues and transforming the healthcare system.
Our vision is to be a premier research institution recognized for innovative, independent research that makes significant contributions to policy and health improvement. Our mission is to measurably increase value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public-sector engagement. With an extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the Schaeffer Center has a vital impact on the positive transformation of healthcare. The Center’s work focuses on four priority areas:
In 2016, the Schaeffer Center partnered with Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution to establish the Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy. This unique partnership enhances the capacity of both organizations to develop evidence-based solutions to inform policymaking on some of the most pressing healthcare challenges facing the U.S. today — from the future of Medicare to reshaping the Affordable Care Act.
At the Schaeffer Center, we offer the human and technical capacity necessary to conduct breakthrough interdisciplinary research, exceptional policy analysis and leading-edge training, with more than 30 distinguished scholars investigating a wide array of topics. Our work is augmented by a visiting scholars program and partnerships with other universities that allow outside researchers to benefit from our unparalleled infrastructure and data collections. The Schaeffer Center actively engages in developing excellent research skills in new investigators who can become innovators of the future. At the same time, the we support the next generation of healthcare leaders in creating strong management, team-building and communication skills.