Public-Private Collaborations in Palliative Care in Asia

Thursday, April 15, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Via Zoom Webinar.
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  • Laurence Lien,
  • Ranak Trivedi

This event is part of the Asia Health Policy Program (AHPP) 2020-21 Colloquium series "Health, medicine, and longevity: Exploring public and private roles"

We will hear from distinguished speakers on public-private collaborations in accelerating improvements in palliative care in Singapore and parts of South Asia, as well as informal care and technology-enabled self-management of chronic illness among Asian-Americans. Joining us from Singapore is Mr. Laurence Lian, Chairman of the Lien Foundation, sharing evidence about the impact of the Foundation’s work on end of life care, collaborating with the public sector in palliative care training, improving access to pain medication, and other initiatives. Dr. Ranak Trivedi of Stanford will discuss her work to address the stress management needs of patients and their families and to improve culturally concordant care for South Asian women with breast cancer and their caregivers.


Laurence Lien 4X4
Laurence Lien is Co-Chair and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a membership-based platform for Asian philanthropists to exchange, learn and collaborate.  Laurence is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation, a family foundation that has become well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach in the fields of education, eldercare and the environment, as well as the Chairman of Lien AID, the foundation humanitarian arm for enabling sustainable access to clean water and sanitation for Asia’s rural poor.

Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014, and was the Chairman of the Community Foundation of Singapore from 2013-2019.  Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Government.  Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014. 

Ranak Trivedi 4X4
Dr. Ranak Trivedi is a clinical health psychologist, assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and an investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She completed her PhD in clinical health psychology at Duke University. Her NIH, VA and foundation-funded studies are focused on improving outcomes for Veterans with mental health conditions, and improving the self-management of serious illnesses by enhancing the collaboration and coping of patients and their caregivers. Her studies have provided insights into how caregivers and chronically and seriously patients collaborate around their mutual health, understanding the impact of their interpersonal relationship on chronic illness self-management, and the individual, dyadic, and systems-level barriers that they encounter. These insights have been used to develop two technology-enabled dyadic self-management programs to address the stress management needs of both patients and their framily. Dr. Trivedi is a Sojourns Scholars Leader, and she is using this platform to improving culturally concordant care for South Asian women with breast cancer and their caregivers. Dr. Trivedi was selected for the year long Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology hosted by American Psychological Association in 2020. Dr. Trivedi serves as the Director of Training and Education at the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, site PI and Training Director for the Elizabeth Dole National Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research, and the Director of Caregiving and Family Systems at the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE).