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Health Care Policy in East Asia: A World Scientific Reference Book Launch

December 5, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST

Join us for a dynamic discussion and launch of an important new publication, Health Care Policy in East Asia: A World Scientific Reference, released under the editorial leadership of our own Professor Emeritus Teh-wei Hu.

Health Care Policy in East Asia is a four-volume publication designed to help health care professionals, academics, policymakers and general readers understand the background and latest developments in the health care systems of China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Each volume has been edited by a leading scholar who has been deeply involved in the development of the health care system in that particular region. The collection brings to life how evidence-based policy research can be implemented into policy and practice.

The event will feature Chi-Man (Winnie) Yip, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor and Director of the China Health Partnership. She will then join a panel discussion with health policy experts Berkeley Public Health Dean Michael Lu; Berkeley Public Health Professor William Dow; and Berkeley Public Health Professor Stephen Shortell. The panel will discuss the health systems and pressing policy issues facing China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and it will be moderated by Berkeley Public Health Professor Richard Scheffler. Professor Teh-wei Hu will make concluding remarks.

The event will be followed by a light reception.


Chi-Man (Winnie) Yip

Chi-Man (Winnie) Yip, PhD, is Professor of Practice of Global Health Policy and Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the China Health Partnership. Dr. Yip was previously a Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, where she was Director of the Global Health Policy Program. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Yip’s research encompasses why health systems fail and how to improve them for the benefit of the people they serve. Her approach typically involves large-scale social experimentation of health system interventions, by using experimental design to integrate the transformation of financing, incentives, organization and management. With a network of Chinese universities, Dr. Yip’s ongoing research projects cover over 25 million people in the low income provinces in China.

William Dow

William Dow, PhD, is a Professor of Health Economics and Kaiser Permanente Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Management at Berkeley Public Health, as well as a Professor in the Department of Demography. Dr. Dow, a celebrated scholar of the economic aspects of health insurance, health behaviors, and health and demographic outcomes, joined the Berkeley faculty in 2004. Since 2005, he has been the founding Associate Director of the Berkeley Population Center and since 2013, the Director of the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging. Dr. Dow has also served at the school as division head of Health Policy and Management, as the Associate Dean for Research, and Interim Dean of Berkeley Public Health in 2018-19. Dr. Dow’s research contributes to improvements in health policy and healthy aging among vulnerable populations locally and globally.

Teh-wei Hu

Teh-wei Hu, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of Health Economics at the Berkeley School of Public Health, and former Director of the Public Health Institute’s Center for International Tobacco Control. Dr. Hu’s areas of expertise include the application of econometrics to health care services research, mental health economics and the economics of tobacco control. Dr. Hu received the Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association for his contribution to mental health services research. In 2014, the WHO awarded Dr. Hu a medal to honor his contribution to tobacco tax policy research in China. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Hu is the author of more than 200 publications. His work on tobacco control economics has appeared in the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, the American Journal of Public Health, Tobacco Control, Journal of Public Finance, the National Tax Journal and other publications. Dr. Hu is the editor of Tobacco Control Policy Analysis in China: Economics and Health.

Michael Lu

Michael Lu, MD, MS, MPH is Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He was formerly the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau from 2012 to 2017, where he led a federal bureau with an annual budget of $1.2 billion and a portfolio of more than 100 federal programs which served more than 57 million women, children and families annually. During his tenure, Dr. Lu helped transform key federal programs, launched major national initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality in the United States, and was awarded the prestigious Hubert H Humphrey Award for Service to America. Dr. Lu received his bachelor degrees from Stanford, master degrees from UC Berkeley, MD from UCSF, and completed residency training in ob-gyn at UC Irvine. Prior to his federal service, Dr. Lu was professor of ob-gyn and public health at UCLA for nearly 15 years, and was best known for his research on racial-ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes from a life-course perspective, which has been credited for helping to bring about a paradigm shift in maternal and child health research. Dr. Lu has served on three National Academy of Medicine Committees, and has been voted one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005.

Richard Scheffler

Richard Scheffler is a Professor of the Graduate School of Public Health and Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Chair Emeritus in Healthcare Markets and Consumer Welfare endowed by the Office of the Attorney General for the State of California in 1999. In addition to directing the Petris Center, Dr. Scheffler is Director of the Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research. He has been a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Charles University in Prague, at the Department of Economics at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. Dr. Scheffler has been a visiting scholar at the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, and the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences and a consultant for the World Bank, the WHO, and the OECD. Dr. Scheffler has been a Fulbright Scholar at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, and at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He has been honored with the Chair of Excellence Award at the Carlos III University of Madrid, the Gold Medal for Charles University in Prague for his longstanding support of international scientific and educational collaboration, and the Berkeley Citation, among the highest honors the campus bestows on its community, presented to individuals whose contributions to UC Berkeley go beyond the call of duty and whose achievements exceed the standards of excellence in their fields.

Stephen Shortell

Stephen Shortell, PhD, is a Professor of the Graduate School and Dean Emeritus at Berkeley Public Health, where he has held the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professorship in Health Policy and Management. He received his PhD in the Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1972 and has also taught and conducted research at the University of Washington and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. During the course of his career, Dr. Shortell has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research grants, including serving as PI on the National Surveys of Physician Organizations. His particular expertise is in conceptualizing, measuring and analyzing organizational factors that are associated with hospital, physician organization and health system performance.

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