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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.

Scholarly Publications

Mortality In Rural China Declined As Health Insurance Coverage Increased, But No Evidence The Two Are Linked

September 2017

Health insurance holds the promise of improving population health and survival and protecting people from catastrophic health spending.

Aging Asia: The Economic and Social Implications of Rapid Demographic Change in China, Japan, and South Korea

December 2010

In the past fifty years, two factors have led to global population aging: a decline in fertility to levels close to—or even below—replacement and a decline in mortality that has increased world...

Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation

December 2010

China is transforming itself, and the world is adapting in response.

Other Publications

Celebrating the First 10 Years of the China Program

June 2017

The China Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center marks its 10th anniverary in 2017.

Shorenstein APARC Center Overview 2014-15

November 2015

Shorenstein APARC's center overviews provide detailed information about Shorenstein APARC's mission, history, faculty, financial support, organizational structure, projects, and programs.

News

Shorenstein APARC Names 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellows

February 2019

Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce the selection of two scholars as postdoctoral fellows for the 2019-20 academic year.

Call for applications: 2018-19 Postdoctoral fellowship in contemporary Asia

September 2017

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford is now accepting applications for the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Asia, an opportunity made available to two...

Mortality declines in rural China yet no clear link to universal health insurance

September 2017

Rural areas of China have made remarkable progress in reducing adult mortality within the past 15 years yet broadened health insurance was not a casual factor in that decline, according to a new...

Events

How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression

June 6, 2012

We offer the first large scale, multiple source analysis of the outcome of what may be the most extensive effort to selectively censor human expression ever implemented.

Cigarette Citadels, Remapping Theory and Policy, Cigarette Factories in and Outside of China

January 30, 2012

At present, the tobacco industry produces some six trillion cigarettes worldwide every year.

Inequality in China: Challenges to a Harmonious Society

December 5, 2011

**Due to space restrictions, this event has reached capacity and we will no longer be taking RSVPs.

Multimedia

The United Nations at 70: A Conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

June 2015

Video from the event "The United Nations at 70: A Conversation with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon" moderated by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens. The event was co-sponsored by the Walter H.

People

Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow, Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship