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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.

Other Publications

Let’s get the facts right on foreign involvement in our elections

December 2017

President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election and will be the next president of the United States.

“BRAAAM!”: The Sound that Invaded the Hollywood Soundtrack

December 2017

How Inception changed the way we listen to movies.

Our allies are afraid. Here’s how Trump can reassure them.

November 2017

Around the world, our allies are worried.

News

Trump's Asia Trip

November 2017

Commenting on President Trump's twelve-day trip to Asia, FSI senior fellow and director of the Southeast Asia Program at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Donald K.

Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

November 2017

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at...

How to Reverse the Degradation of Our Politics

November 2017

"The United States and its liberal democratic allies must develop a new global strategy to counter the power projection of expansive autocracies and to reboot an international campaign to promote...

Events

Islam, Trade and City Growth before the 19th Century

December 7, 2017

Abstract:In the year 1200, many of the largest cities in Western Europe were inhabited by just tens of thousands of individuals while Middle Eastern and Central Asia cities had upwards to 100,000...

RIP: Prospects for Tuberculosis Elimination in the US and Globally

December 1, 2017

"Prospects for Tuberculosis Elimination in the US and Globally" Elimination of tuberculosis in the United States has been an explicit public health policy goal since the 1980s.

Fake News in the 2016 Election

November 30, 2017

Abstract:The factually dubious for-profit articles known as “fake news” were read and shared by millions of people during the 2016 U.S.

Projects

India Colloquia 2017-2018

*/ In 2016, the Walter H.
English

China: Going Global

Beijing’s new Silk Road initiative links old trade corridors from Asia to Africa and Europe.
English

A New India? The Impact of Twenty-Five Years of Reforms

In 2014, Indian voters gave Narendra Modi and the BJP a mandate to accelerate India’s economic reforms and revitalize its foreign relations, in particular with the United States and with partners...
English

Multimedia

A Conversation with the Author of "Superficial Korea"

October 2017

Dafna Zur, assistant professor of East Asian Language and Cultures at Stanford University, leads a discussion of Superficial Korea, a book by Gi-Wook Shin, professor of sociology and Shorenstein APARC director, which was recently published in...

Legacies of the Mexican Revolution

October 2017

Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato, Professor at Centro de Estudios Históricos (CEH), Colegio de México, discusses the legacies of the Mexican Revolution.

Mexican Revolution and Nation Building

October 2017

Over the course of a week-long workshop for K-12 educators conducted by the Center for Latin American Studies, historians from one of Mexico’s leading universities, El Colegio de México, joined U.S.

People

Rod Ewing Rodney C. Ewing Senior Fellow Professor of Geological Sciences
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Phillip Lipscy Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Political Science
Karen Eggleston Senior Fellow
Martha Crenshaw Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Frank Wolak Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Xueguang Zhou Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology