Ramón Castellblanch, Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor of Public Health, San Francisco State
Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University
Ramón Castellblanch has been working in health policy for over 20 years, focused on state politics. His current research interest is state implementation of the Affordable Care Act. His scholarship includes Driving Down the Cost of Drugs: Battling Big Pharma in the Statehouse (2012). He has published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law and with the California Program on Access to Care at the University of California. He is a columnist for the Progressive Media Project and has been published in dozens of dailies. In California, he was recently reappointed to the Board of Pharmacy, where he worked with the American College of Physicians Foundation to make the state first to standardize prescription drug labels and require translations in order to reduce medication errors. Nationally, he is a consultant to the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing. For San Francisco, he provided a legal framework for Healthy San Francisco, a mandate that employers cover workers’ health care that was ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.