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“Increasing On-Time High School Graduation Rates in L.A.: What Works at What Cost?"

Professor Fred Zimmerman, UCLA
Feb 21, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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100% on-time high school graduation is a stated goal for the Los Angeles Unified School Districts, as it is for many districts around the state, but most fall short of the target. So what would it take to reach this goal?  Professor Zimmerman presents simulations of 3 programs that aim to improve high-school graduation rates: interest-based mentoring, dual enrollment and school-based health centers.  Using the Win-Win modeling tool, Professor Zimmerman shows how much it would cost to extend each of the programs to all students in L.A. County and the cost-savings for each program that would accrue over time. He also examines the quantified impact of each program on high-school graduation, health outcomes, and crime. These results will help us determine how - and by how much – these programs can get us closer to the County's ambitious goal.

Frederick J. Zimmerman is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the UCLA Fielding F Zimmerman PhotoSchool of Public Health.  His research focuses on the ways in which economic contextual factors—including public policy, inequality, and mass media—influence population health. His recent research topics include simulated comparative effectiveness of public health policies; the economics of health equity; and ethical aspects of public health.




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