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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.

Scholarly Publications

Adult child migration and elderly parental health in rural China

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effect of adult children migration on the health status of elderlyparents.

Impact of Free Glasses and a Teacher Incentive on Children's Use of Eyeglasses: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeTo study the effect of free glasses combined with teacher incentives on in-school glasses wear among Chinese urban migrant children.DesignCluster-randomized controlled trial...

Trends and determinants of rural residential solid waste collection services in China

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to describe the trends in residential solid waste collection (RSWC) services in rural China over the past decade and analyze the determinants of these...

News

One in three Chinese children faces an education apocalypse.

September 2017

Science Magazine writes about REAP's work on early childhood development in rural China.

Bloomberg: China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis

January 2017

The outlines of China’s demographic challenge are well-known: By 2050 almost 27 percent of the population will be 65 or older, up from around 10 percent in 2015.

The Winners of the Clearly Vision Prize

October 2016

The winners of the Clearly Vision Prize will share cash prizes totalling $250,000 to help them accelerate their progress and move us another step down the road towards a world where everyone can...

Events

Jenny Bowen: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains

May 13, 2014

Author Jenny Bowen will speak about her new book, "Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains," at this special FSI and REAP Seminar

China and Africa: Are there Lessons for Development?

April 17, 2013

The lost decades for China in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s look remarkably like the lost decades of Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.

Teaming Up to Learn How to Overcome Anemia: Nutritional Education and Mobile Messaging Design for Household Engagement

January 25, 2013

This study seeks to understand whether developing an innovative curriculum kit that will supplement health instruction for 3rd to 6th grade students and teachers in underdeveloped areas of rural...

Projects

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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Multimedia

Perfecting Parenting

June 2015

In rural China, many parents don't talk to or play with their babies. This can stunt their socio-emotional and cognitive development. Watch how we're studying the effects of improved parenting practices on child development.

Nourishing the Future: Nutrition for China's Rural Babies

July 2014

Learn how the REAP team tested the cognitive and motor development of 2,000 rural Chinese babies.

Welcome to the Annual REAP Trip!

July 2014

Learn what it's like to participate in the annual REAP trip - an unparalleled chance to see REAP in action and learn firsthand about China's ongoing development challenges.

People

Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow
Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
D. Scott Smith Affiliated Faculty
Linxiu Zhang Director, REAP-China
Hongmei Yi Program Manager, REAP-China
Huan Zhou Affiliate
Alexis Medina REAP Project Manager for Health & Nutrition
Kaleigh Kenny Kaleigh Kenny Project Manager for REAP Project Manager for REAP