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Working Groups on Health Policy Challenges


A doctor with the International Medical Corps examines a patient at a mobile health clinic in Pakistan.
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Department for International Development

Substantial interest in health policy and the provision of medical services cuts across Stanford’s schools of Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, Law, Business, and Engineering, as well as the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  World-class research and teaching takes place throughout Stanford on these topics, but there are few mechanisms for faculty from disparate disciplines to pursue common interests together.


To augment cross-campus connections involving health policy, the School of Medicine and FSI joined forces in 2014 to create a set of new, faculty working groups to engage scholars in a novel, joint exploration of critical topics.  Each group might serve as a venue for, among other activities, presentation of policy-relevant research, engagement with policymakers, exploration of new collaborations on research, and creation of new student learning opportunities.   Faculty will determine which activities to pursue, with an eye toward shaping the formulation of policy in the United States and abroad and enhancing the health policy community on campus.


The project launched with working groups on three topics:  the diffusion and adoption of live-saving medical interventions in the developing world; U.S. health care policy reform, and globalization, biosecurity and the future of the life sciences.


Staff Contact:

Elizabeth Gardner
Associate Director for Partnerships and Special Projects
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Encina Hall, C-135
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

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