Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Recent Events

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Unresponsiveness to Microfinance: Evidence from Chinese Poverty Reduction Practices

November 15, 2019

The extraordinary achievement of Chinese poverty reduction practice has been well acknowledged.

Diabetes Health Policy in Thailand

October 22, 2019

Diabetes is a significant problem worldwide and especially for developing countries including Thailand, where the disease has increased in prevalence rapidly, resulting in high healthcare...

“Healthy China 2030” Implementation: Challenges and Progress Nationally and in Zhejiang Province

October 7, 2019

This seminar will present empirical evidence about policies to promote healthy lifestyles in China from a professor and a policymaker from the PRC.As a result of economic growth, urbanization,...

Sleepless in Chennai: The Consequences of Increasing Sleep Among the Urban Poor?

August 12, 2019

Co-sponsored by Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) and Center for South Asia (CSA).One-third of our time is dedicated to sleep, yet little is known about the levels and consequences of sleep...

Fertility Behavior and Fertility in China: Past, Present and Near Future

April 15, 2019

China possesses a large amount of historical demographic data showing that it has been a population giant in the world for at least two thousand years.

Health Policy in Nepal: The Role of Community Health Workers

March 22, 2019

This event is co-sponsored by Shorenstein APARC's Asia Health Policy Program and the Center for South AsiaIn this colloquium, Dr.

Health, Retirement and Long Term Care in China and Singapore

March 19, 2019

This seminar features two scholars discussing their research on health, retirement, and long-term care in China and Singapore. First Dr.

Health and Medical Care in North Korea: First-hand Perspectives

January 31, 2019

This panel discussion, moderated by Andray Abrahamian (Stanford APARC), will discuss health and medical care in North Korea. Physicians Kee Park (Harvard Medical School) and David S.

Healthy Aging in Asia: Assessing the Net Value of Chronic Disease Management

December 20, 2018

Improvements in medical treatment have clearly contributed to significant increases in medical spending, yet there is relatively little quantitative evidence on whether the rise in expenditure is ...

Chinese Physicians Under Assault: Reading the Landscape of Hospital Violence in China

November 27, 2018

This study focused on an important but often overlooked aspect of safety in medicine: physician safety.

Is Preventive Care Worth the Cost? Evidence from Mandatory Checkups in Japan

September 26, 2018

This event is jointly sponsored by the Asia Health Policy Program and the Japan Program at the Walter H.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Health and Long-term Care in China

September 17, 2018

The event has reached the maximum capacity of the room. We are no longer accepting RSVPs.The world is aging rapidly, and China’s older population is growing faster than in any other country.

Private Roles for Public Goals in China and the U.S.: Contracting, Collaboration, and Delegation

September 17, 2018

China and the United States both have public needs that far outstrip the abilities of their governments alone to deliver.  Zeckhauser and Donahue will discuss their book (joint with Karen Eggleston...

Nutrition, Health, and Human Capital Development: Evidence from South Korea, 1946–1977

April 16, 2018

The major objectives of this paper are: 1) to investigate how local nutritional availability in early childhood and in adolescence affected health and human capital development; 2) to explore if...

Universal Health Coverage in Lower Mekong Countries - Are Vulnerable Populations Left Behind?

March 20, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Asia Health Policy Program and the Southeast Asia ProgramAchieving universal health coverage is one of the UN's Social Development Goals.

The Children Are All Right: Revisiting the Impact of Parental Migration in the Philippines

February 7, 2018

Using previously unexamined nationally representative data from the Philippines, this study employs detailed measures of children’s welfare and addresses biases related to endogeneity of parental...

Global Type 2 diabetes – More Than What Meets the Eye

January 16, 2018

The Asia Health Policy Program hosted jointly with the School of Medicine,Health Research and Policy Department, Division of EpidemiologySpeaker bio: K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA.

Patient Cost Sharing and Healthcare Utilization in Early Childhood: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design

November 3, 2017

This seminar exploits longitudinal claims data and a cost-sharing subsidy that has exempted copayment and coinsurance of healthcare service for children under the age of 3 in Taiwan.  We conduct a...

Welfare Analysis of the Universal Health Care Program in Thailand

October 23, 2017

I estimate and decompose the welfare benefit of Thailand's universal health care policy, also known as the “30 Baht program”.

Strategies and Tactics to Address the Chronic Disease Burden in India

October 17, 2017

In this public colloquium, a leading expert on public health in India discusses strategies and tactics to address the chronic disease burden in India.

Disease Control and Big Data Platforms for Health Policy in China: Experiences from Zhejiang Province

September 27, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Asia Health Policy ProgramWith rapid economic development, changes in lifestyle, epidemiologic transition and the ageing of the population,...

Using Home Care Assessment Measures of Older People to Identify Risk and Improve Service Provision

August 15, 2017

In the face of population aging, policymakers throughout the Asia-Pacific are seeking ways to improve health service provision for older individuals.

The Third Annual Forum on China’s Primary Healthcare Reform and Community Medical Services

June 12, 2017

The 2017 Forum will feature a luncheon keynote address on “Primary Care in the Netherlands: Lessons for China” by Jeroen N.

Workshop of Young Leaders in Asia Health Policy -- Celebrating the First Decade of Stanford University's Asia Health Policy Program

June 12, 2017

The "Workshop of young leaders in Asia health policy" will take place at SCPKU on June 21, 2017, just prior to the annual primary care Forum.