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Biden celebration at White House for passage of Inflation Reduction Act 2022

How the Inflation Reduction Act Impacts Health Policy

Q&As / September 16, 2022
Michelle Mello — a professor of heath policy and law — attended the Sept. 13 gathering at the White House to celebrate the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act 2022. She was invited for her contributions on Medicare price negotiation modeling for the landmark piece of legislation. In this Q&A, she discusses the bill's impact on health policy.
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Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes: Increasing Profits at the Cost of Human Life

Commentary / September 2, 2022
When private equity buys nursing homes, death rates go up by 10 percent. Yasmin Rafiei halted her studies at Stanford School of Medicine to investigate.
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Keith Humphreys Wins VA Under Secretary Award for Outstanding Health Services Research

News / July 22, 2022
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awards Keith Humphreys top honors for his research on treatments for substance use and psychiatric disorders.
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The Biden Administration’s Abortion Care Guidance

Q&As / July 16, 2022
In this Q&A with Stephanie Ashe at Stanford Law, SHP's Michelle Mello — a professor of health policy and a professor of law — examines the guidance for health-care providers recently issued by the Biden Administration.
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SHP Undergraduate Fellows 2022

Undergraduate Fellows Conduct Health Policy Research with SHP Faculty

News / July 1, 2022
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, our Stanford undergraduate fellows are back on campus, spending their summer working with Stanford Health Policy faculty on research and projects. All four are rising seniors yet have varied academic backgrounds and aspirations. Learn more about them, their goals and why they are interested in health policy.
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Protecting Reproductive Health Information after Fall of Roe v. Wade

News / June 30, 2022
Michelle Mello writes that the overturning of Roe v. Wade — ending federal protection over a woman's right to an abortion — could also expose her personal health data in court.
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Preparing US Quarantine Stations for the Next Pandemic

News / June 13, 2022
Stanford Medicine's Jason Wang and Michele Barry sit on an expert committee of the National Academies examining ways the CDC's national quarantine network can better prepare for the next pandemic.
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Investigation Into the ‘Dirty List’ of Slave Labor in Brazil Focus of Prize-Winning Thesis

News / June 9, 2022
Maria Clara Rodrigues worked with SHP's Grant Miller at the Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab to uncover ways in which politically connected predators of human trafficking often avoid punishment.
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A young woman looks at memorial for those killed in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting.

The Lasting Impact of School Shootings on Those Who Survive Them

News / May 31, 2022
Maya Rossin-Slater and colleagues write in The Conversation that their research shows survivors of school shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas, suffer long-term health, economic and financial burdens from their trauma.
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SHP Welcomes 2 New Knight-Hennessy Scholars to PhD Program

News / May 17, 2022
The new Knight-Hennessy Scholars are both working toward improving health equity here at home and around the world.
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Missed diagnoses: Study highlights the importance of physician skills in health care

News / May 10, 2022
Research by David Chan and Matthew Gentzkow points to how much diagnostic skills matter in patient care and how policies to boost skills can improve health care efficiency.
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Stanford Health Policy's Vincent Jappah in Nepal for medical research.

Health Policy PhD Candidate Vincent Jappah Overcomes Childhood Amid Civil War Through His Determination To Get an Education

Q&As / May 5, 2022
From education in displaced persons camps to working on his PhD at Stanford Health Policy, Vincent Jappah is applying his childhood experiences during the civil war in his native Liberia toward a career helping to bring quality health care to all corners of the world.
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How Has Africa Largely Evaded the COVID-19 Pandemic?

News / April 27, 2022
SHP master's student Tofunmi Omiye looked at why so few Africans have been hit by the coronavirus compared to the rest of the world. He recently presented this conundrum at Stanford’s 8th Annual Global Health Research Convening.
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Does Free Speech Protect COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation?

Q&As / April 22, 2022
While some might say making or spreading known false statements related to the COVID-19 vaccine should be criminalized, the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech, continues to provide protection for people who promulgate such faulty information. So, how can the spread of misinformation be stopped without quashing free speech?
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Education Level Will Widen Disparity in Health Outcomes of the Future Elderly Population, New Study Projects

News / April 11, 2022
In the first study to compare the progression of educational disparities in disability across two rapidly aging Asian societies, APARC coauthors Cynthia Chen and Karen Eggleston project that from 2015 to 2050, elders with high educational attainment will have a lower prevalence of functional disability and chronic conditions compared to elderly with low educational attainment.
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Californians Living with Handgun Owners Twice as Likely to Die by Homicide

News / April 4, 2022
In the largest cohort study of its kind, research led by SHP's David Studdert and Yifan Zhang shows that people living with handgun owners are significantly more likely to die by homicide compared with neighbors in gun-free homes.
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Pursuing Equity in Pharmacology for Black Patients

News / March 31, 2022
Our recent Health Equity Lecture was given Dr. Utibe Essien, who is on a mission to ensure patients — regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status — have access to the highest-quality medications on the market.
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Paul Wise in Poland to Help Child Cancer Patients Fleeing Ukraine

Q&As / March 24, 2022
SHP's Paul Wise returns from Poland where he was helping coordinate the evacuation of child cancer patients from Ukraine in an effort to get them to appropriate medical care facilities in other countries.
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A Commentary on Countering Faulty Science Wins Award

News / March 23, 2022
Michelle Mello and Stanford colleagues win an annual award by the ABIM Foundation for a commentary that argued academics have an obligation to speak out against medical views that are contrary to science.
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Adversity and Opportunity—The Pandemic’s Paradoxical Effect on Child Health and Well-Being

Commentary / March 18, 2022
In this JAMA Pediatrics commentary, Paul Wise and Lisa Chamberlain write the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered emergency policy responses that have cut through years of muddled inaction on issues critical to child health and well-being.
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CA Prison Staff Have Lower Vaccine Rates Than Those They Oversee

News / March 18, 2022
Prisons and jails are high-risk environments for the spread of COVID-19, but many California prison staff are declining to be vaccinated even as new variants threaten another U.S. surge.
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The Real Benefits of Paid Family Leave

Q&As / March 9, 2022
Paid family leave is not a “silver bullet” for advancing gender equity in the workplace, says Maya Rossin-Slater, but it is beneficial for family health and well-being outcomes, particularly infant and maternal health and overall financial stability.
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U.S. Public Health Law — Foundations and Emerging Shifts

Commentary / February 26, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the complex and sometimes conflicting relationship between individual rights and public health protection.
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SHP Profs Weave Pandemic into Their Bing Overseas Classes

News / February 17, 2022
Stanford Health Policy's Mark Hlatky and Loren Baker spent the Fall term teaching Stanford students in Florence and Paris. They tell us how they weaved COVID into their classes — and what it was like to be in these iconic cities during the pandemic.
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Veterans Rushed to VA Hospitals Have Significantly Better Outcomes

News / February 16, 2022
New research led by Stanford Health Policy's David Chan and David Studdert finds that veterans rushed by ambulance to VA hospitals have significantly higher survival rates than veterans transported to non-VA hospitals. The public often perceives that the VA provides a lower quality of care, but the researchers say the data disprove those perceptions.
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