All SHP News News September 28, 2021

Joshua Salomon: Pairing Science with Policy to Combat Pandemic

In this Frontiers in Medicine flash talk, SHP's Joshua Salomon explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the urgent need to pair advances in scientific discovery with programs and policies that ensure all people can benefit from these breakthroughs.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the urgent need to pair advances in scientific discovery with programs and policies that ensure all people can benefit from these breakthroughs. Joshua Salomon, PhD, professor of health policy and director of Stanford’s Prevention Policy Modeling Lab, shares how researchers in Stanford’s new Department of Health Policy are fusing state-of-the-art methods from decision science, health economics, health services research, and data science to shape policies that improve health and wellbeing on a population scale.

He spoke at Stanford Medicine's annual Frontiers in Medicine—a virtual event honoring the transformative power of science. You can listen to leaders across Stanford Medicine—including David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, and Stanford School of Medicine Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, who joined Condoleezza Rice for a special musical performance of Robert Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Opus 73.

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Pandemic Models Can Be More Useful: Here’s How

Joshua Salomon and colleague Alyssa Bilinski write in this Health Affairs blog that there is an unmet need for a hybrid modeling approach: models that explore long-term questions, as in scenario models, but hew close to empirical data, as in forecasts.
Woman gets vaccinated.
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SHP-Kaiser Collaboration on Estimates and Projections of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

Stanford Health Policy and the Kaiser Family Foundation are collaborating to examine the disparities in meeting vaccination benchmarks by using state-reported vaccination data by race/ethnicity and projecting vaccine coverage going forward.
A young girl heads back to school with a mask.
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Passing the Test: A Model-Based Analysis of Safe School-Reopening Strategies

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked historic educational disruptions. In an effort to inform public policy on the school re-opening debate, a team of researchers developed a model to simulate transmission in elementary and high school communities, as well as household interactions.