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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.

Recent Projects

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Pigs and Parasites: Developing Interventions to End Cycles of Poverty Caused by Taenia solium and Neurocysticercosis

Neurocysticercosis is a neglected infectious disease caused by larval forms of the pig tapeworm, Taenia solium, infecting people's brains.
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Reducing lead exposure among residents of Bangladesh

Lead is a potent neurotoxin that irreversibly impairs child cognitive development.
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Adapting the Future Elderly Model to Japan

This project adapts the Future Elderly Model (FEM), a demographic and economic Markov microsimulation model that projects the health conditions and functional status of an elderly population, to...
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Empirical Evidence on Wealth Inequalities and Health in Developing Countries

This study aims to assess the extent to which wealth accurately proxies health status in low- and middle-income countries.
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Innovations in Primary Care

The Asia Health Policy Program is hosting a series of events in China and at Stanford during the 2014-15 academic year focusing on the topic of innovations in primary care, thanks to generous...
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Development of Quality Indicators for the Home and Community-Based Services Population

The  Quality Indicators (QIs) for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Population are intended to reflect the health and well-being of beneficiaries receiving HCBS through state Medicaid...
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Characterization of Readmission in California

This project aimed to further the understanding of readmission patterns in California including their relationship with hospital quality indicators.  It also evaluated hospital performance using...
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Measurement and Reporting with All-Payer Claims Databases

Transparency is becoming increasingly important in the health care system.
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AHRQ Quality Indicators Enhancement

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are a set of four indicator modules that use hospital discharge data to reflect quality of care and access to care....
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Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention (CPOP)

The Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention (CPOP) was established in 2004 as a core program of the Department of Pediatrics to provide a strong foundation for the development of a nationally...
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Stanford India Health Policy Initiative

The Stanford India Health Policy Initiative aims to identify institutional and behavioral obstacles that prevent health policies and programs from reaching their full potential.
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Poor Parenting and Developmental Delays in Rural China

Stanford researchers find that the vast majority of parents in rural China don’t talk to, or interact with their young children, hindering development of vocabulary and language skills.
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The Role of Teachers in Visual Acuity Screening

To deliver quality vision care to rural students, we trained teachers to conduct vision screenings in their schools.
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Building a Blueprint for Change

Our research has shown that the vision care system in rural China needs radical revision.
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Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium Series

The Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium Series brings leading experts to Stanford to share new research in an integrated, ten-lecture series on global food and nutrition policy. The series follows...
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Nutrition, Health and Education _ Migration

Check out our latest work on:     > Baby Nutrition        > Uncorrected Vision         > Intestinal Worms        > Text Messaging for Health Health & Education: What's the Link...
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Seeing is Learning - Access to Vision Care: Rural vs. Urban

Eyeglass ownership among migrant children is as low as it is with rural children REAP’s research on uncorrected vision in both rural and urban settings reveal a high percentage of China’s rural and...
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Hospital Response to Attention and Financial Incentives for Preventing Readmissions

There has been much policy focus on reducing readmissions, however it is unclear what the hospital response to this will be.
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Prenatal Care and Labor Outcomes

We use quasi-random variation in the time of birth to examine whether it matters if a patient’s prenatal physician performs her delivery.
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Smart Agents to Reduce the Parent Health Literacy Burden in the Care of the Children with Medical Complexity

(Partner:  Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Science) This inter-disciplinary project addresses two formidable health care realities: the growing number of patients with chronic...
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Efforts to clean air and improve health by modifying brick manufacturing in Bangladesh

Bricks, an essential building material in Bangladesh, are overwhelmingly manufactured in small kilns that produce low-priced bricks but generate substantial air pollution, which adversely affects...
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Reducing the risk of Nipah virus transmission in Bangladesh

Nipah virus commonly infects large fruit bats in South and Southeast Asia.
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Consortium for Health Care Informatics Research (CHIR): Translational Use Case Project Natural Language Processing of Chest Radiograph Reports

The Consortium for Healthcare Informatics Research (CHIR) is a multisite project funded by Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D).
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People

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Michele Barry Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine
Jay Bhattacharya Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Douglas K. Owens Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Paul H. Wise Senior Fellow Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Matthew Kohrman Senior Fellow, by courtesy Associate Professor, Anthropology
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
Bradley Efron Professor, Statistics, Professor, Health Research and Policy