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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

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

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.  Stanford produces world-class research and powerful policy advice on health issues, while training leaders in several related fields.

To build on this foundation and expand cross-campus connections involving health policy, the School of Medicine and FSI joined forces in 2014 to create three faculty working groups to engage scholars in a novel, joint exploration of critical topics.  Convening faculty from many disciplines, each group serves as a venue for the presentation of policy-relevant research, engagement with policymakers, exploration of new collaborations on research, and creation of new student learning opportunities.   Faculty aim to enhance the health policy community on campus and to produce innovative scholarship as a result of the alliances forged in the multi-disciplinary groups.

Grant Miller leads a group on the diffusion and adoption of live-saving medical interventions in the developing world; Jay Bhattacharya and Kate Bundorf head one on health care policy in comparative perspective, and Megan Palmer and David Relman lead the third group, on globalization, security and the future of the life sciences.

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