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 Projects

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Innovations in Primary Care

The Asia Health Policy Program is hosting a series of events in China and at Stanford during the 2014-15 academic year focusing on the topic of innovations in primary care, thanks to generous...
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Asia Health Policy Program Working Paper Series

The Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) working paper series promotes dissemination of high-quality social science research on health policy and demographic change in the Asia-Pacific region, drawing...
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Comparative Policy Responses to Demographic Change in East Asia

Launched in January 2011, Comparative Policy Responses to Demographic Change in East Asia is a three-year research initiative at the Walter H.
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Health Improvement under Mao and Its Implications for Contemporary Aging in China

This study aimed to better understand the dramatic health improvements in Maoist China and the age-related health disparities that it may have generated.
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Population Aging, Child Health and Control of Infectious Diseases

The Asia Health Policy Program works with other researchers at Stanford and several countries of the Asia-Pacific to analyze prominent issues in population aging, child health, and control of...
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Health Service Delivery in the Asia-Pacific: Ownership, Payment Incentives, and Chronic Disease Management

This theme encompasses research on the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships; payment incentives and their impact on patients and providers; organizational innovation,...
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Global Tobacco Prevention Research Initiative

Cigarettes are producing an unprecedented worldwide health catastrophe.
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