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

Conditional Cash Transfers, Uptake of Maternal and Child Health Services, and Health Outcomes in Western Rural China

August 2020

Background: Empirical evidence suggests that the uptake of maternal and child health (MCH) services is still low in poor rural areas of China.

Depressive Symptoms and the Link with Academic Performance among Rural Taiwanese Children

April 2020

Previous studies reflect a high prevalence of depressive symptoms among Taiwanese adolescents (ages 13–18), but there is an absence of literature related to the risk of depression of children in...

Parental Migration and Early Childhood Development in Rural China

March 2020

Nearly one-quarter of all children under age 2 in China are left behind in the countryside as parents migrate to urban areas for work.We use a four-wave longitudinal survey following young children...

News

IFPRI Blog: Lockdowns are Protecting China's Rural Families from COVID-19, but the Economic Burden is Heavy

March 2020

BY SCOTT ROZELLE, HEATHER RAHIMI, HUAN WANG AND EVE DILLCOVID-19 lockdowns have major impacts on migrant workers and supply chains that depend on them.

Scope: Tackling Caregiver Depression in Rural China: A Q&A

September 2019

After studying early childhood development in China for several years, Alexis Medina, assistant director of Stanford's Rural Education Action Program (REAP), and her colleagues were asked a...

Reducing tapeworm infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty, Stanford research suggests

May 2018

A Stanford-led study in China has revealed for the first time high levels of a potentially fatal tapeworm infection among school-age children.

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

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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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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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

rsd15 055 0123a Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
scott rozelle new headshot Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow, Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship
zhou huan headshot Huan Zhou Affiliate
yianguo headshot Yian Guo Project Manager, REAP
alexis   good Alexis Medina Assistant Director, REAP