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.

Scholarly Publications

陕南农村地区6~12 月龄婴儿贫血的风险因素分析

August 2016

[摘要] 目的 探讨陕南农村地区6~12 月龄婴儿的贫血发生情况及其风险因素。方法 采用问卷调查方法收集陕南农村地区6~12 月龄婴儿的个人和家庭基本情况、喂养行为信息,并测定血红蛋白含量。采用多因素logistic 逐步回归法分析婴儿贫血发生的风险因素。结果 共有1 802 例婴儿及其家庭参与该调查,有效样本 1 770 例。

Other Publications

疫情之后: 企业的重振与美中​经济​关系前景

July 2020

To explore how business leaders and entrepreneurs in China responded to the COVID-19 lockdown and how they’re planning for the future, the China Program conducted a survey in coordination with the...



December 2013

Caixin Report: Giving Rural Children Eyeglasses: 给农村孩子眼镜

财新专栏3: 没有幼儿园的童年

November 2013

Caixin Column 3: 没有幼儿园的童年

财新专栏4: 呼唤学前教育大改革

December 2013

Caixin Column 4: 呼唤学前教育大改革



儿时营养不足将会造成长期不可逆的影响 过去三十年中,中国沿海地区的经济发展成果显著,但部分内陆地区仍在贫困之中。 问题 贫困的一个衍生品就是50%的学龄儿童以及更高比例的学前儿童都有营养不良(尤其是贫血)的情况。我们先前针对学龄儿童和学前儿童的调查显示让孩子们服用维他命和改善午餐的项目能够显著提高学习成绩,减少贫血。

老师,家长和学生一起学习如何对抗贫血症 1

问题   虽然近十年以来中国农村教育水平显著提高,但是农村和城市学生的学习成绩还是有着天壤之别。在农村学生所面临的众多挑战之中,学生健康问题和营养不良问题很普遍并很严重。REAP及其合作伙伴近来的调查结果显示,25%-40%的儿童患有贫血症(及营养不良)。我们的研究表明,住校的和在学校食堂吃午饭的学生面临更大的贫血风险。


问题 REAP在2008-09学年首次进行了对贫血的研究,在陕西对其原因和后果进行了调研。我们发现,贫血(即严重缺铁),在甘肃的贫困农村地区非常普遍,影响着将近40%我们调查的学生。营养不良已被证实是导致贫血的罪魁祸首。根据国际上的文献,这几乎必然是导致国内农村学生学习成绩不佳的原因之一。


2006 FSI International Conference: A World at Risk

November 2006

An invigorating day of addresses, debate, and discussion of major sources of systemic and human risk facing the global community.

2007 Payne Lecture: AIDS: Pandemic and Agent for Change

May 2007

Executive Director of UNAIDS since its creation in 1995 and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr.

The International Initiative First Annual Symposium: Technology & Culture

April 2007

The Symposium on Technology and Culture is open to the entire Stanford community, but is designed primarily for Stanford faculty to share their work with other faculty as a means of promoting collaborative interdisciplinary work on various aspects...