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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

Mother's Education and Child Health: Is There a Nurturing Effect?

December 2006

In this paper, we examine the effect of maternal education on the health of young children by using a large sample of adopted children from China.

Malnutrition in China's Rural Boarding Schools: the Case of Primary Schools in Shaanxi Province

December 2009

The main goal of this paper is to document the nature of boarding schools and empirically analyze the difference of nutrition intake and malnutrition status between boarding and non-boarding...

Behind Before They Begin: The Challenge of Early Childhood Education in Rural China

March 2012

The main goal of this paper is to analyze the factors (access, attendance and quality of preschools) that may be affecting the educational readiness of China’s rural children before they enter the...

News

REAP Awarded 3ie Grant to Evaluate Vocational Education in China

March 2010

Among hundreds of applicants, REAP was one of only 25 groups to secure a competitive grant from the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, or 3ie, to assess the value of expanding...

The Re-emergence of Intestinal Worms: Investigation of Infection Status Among Children in Rural Southwest China

April 2011

As part of China’s public health efforts, the “baota lozenge” - a sugary anthelminthic commonly administered to schoolchildren - once valiantly fought to stop the rampant transmission of parasitic...

Stanford research on nutrition influences policy change in China

November 2011

Thanks in part to research done by FSI's Scott Rozelle, the Chinese government recently launched a plan to spend $22.5 billion during the next nine years on feeding rural schoolchildren more...

Events

Program Evaluation Training

August 22, 2009

A REAP-sponsored workshop lead by REAP affiliate Paul Gewwe (University of Minnesota) designed to target foundation and non-profit managers and executives, researchers and government officials....

Using Mixed Methods to Improve the Quality and Relevance of Impact Evaluation

April 11, 2011

Overview: It is now widely recognized that a rigorous, policy-relevant impact evaluation embeds the counterfactual analysis of impact in a wider analysis of the underlying program theory (theory of...

Projects

Chewable Vitamins

Vitamins are accessible and affordable in China Severe iron deficiency (anemia) is known to dramatically slow cognitive, behavioral, and physical development and has been identified as one of the...
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Text Messaging for Health

The success of multivitamin supplement programs often requires participation from families.
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Dorm Managers in Rural Primary Schools

Problem One of the major challenges facing policymakers who are in charge of education in China today is how to provide quality, safe and nurturing boarding school services to the more than 10...
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Multimedia

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.

Dreams to Fulfill

July 2014

Why does REAP focus on education? Behind the empiricism that characterizes REAP's work are hopes and dreams that deserve to be fulfilled.

The Rural Education Action Project

July 2014

What makes REAP's research approach so innovative to begin with? This documentary details how REAP's collaborative, empirical approach position the organization to alleviate poverty on a large scale.

People

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