Claire Brindis, DrPH

Emeritus Professor
Institute for Health Policy Studies
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Claire D. Brindis, Dr. P.H., is Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies (IHPS) at UCSF ( and holds the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Chair in Health Policy. Dr. Brindis is also Co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center ( She is also a Founding Director of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and IHPS, UCSF.

Incorporating a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, as well as community participatory research, Dr. Brindis’ research focuses on program evaluation and the translation of research into policy at the local, state, and national level. As a bilingual, bi-cultural researcher, Dr. Brindis’ research and personal commitment focuses on ameliorating the impact of social, health, and economic disparities among ethnic/racial populations, with a particular focus on women, young adults, and adolescents and reproductive health. For example, in the area of reproductive health, Dr. Brindis led a multidisciplinary evaluation team evaluating California’s Office of Family Planning’s Family PACT program, a Federal 1115 Medicaid waiver. Evaluation findings indicate that this program has successfully served annually nearly 1.3 million women and men, helping to avert approximately 300,000 pregnancies per year annually. For every dollar spent on the program, an estimated savings of $5.83 in medical and social costs is realized through the prevention of unintended pregnancies up to five years after birth.

Featured Publications: 

Association Between Adolescent Preventive Care and the Role of the Affordable Care Act.

JAMA pediatrics

Adams SH, Park MJ, Twietmeyer L, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

"There is no help out there and if there is, it's really hard to find": a qualitative study of the health concerns and health care access of Latino "DREAMers".

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Raymond-Flesch M, Siemons R, Pourat N, Jacobs K, Brindis CD

Adolescent and young adult health in the United States in the past decade: little improvement and young adults remain worse off than adolescents.

The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

Park MJ, Scott JT, Adams SH, Brindis CD, Irwin CE

Creating an environmental justice framework for policy change in childhood asthma: a grassroots to treetops approach.

American journal of public health

Kreger M, Sargent K, Arons A, Standish M, Brindis CD

Public savings from the prevention of unintended pregnancy: a cost analysis of family planning services in California.

Health services research

Amaral G, Foster DG, Biggs MA, Jasik CB, Judd S, Brindis CD