Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

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SHP Welcomes 2 New Knight-Hennessy Scholars to PhD Program

May 2022

The new Knight-Hennessy Scholars are both working toward improving health equity here at home and around the world.

Missed diagnoses: Study highlights the importance of physician skills in health care

May 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.

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

May 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...

How Has Africa Largely Evaded the COVID-19 Pandemic?

April 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...

Does Free Speech Protect COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation?

April 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...

Education Level Will Widen Disparity in Health Outcomes of the Future Elderly Population, New Study Projects

April 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...

Californians Living with Handgun Owners Twice as Likely to Die by Homicide

April 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...

Pursuing Equity in Pharmacology for Black Patients

March 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...

Paul Wise in Poland to Help Child Cancer Patients Fleeing Ukraine

March 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...

A Commentary on Countering Faulty Science Wins Award

March 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...

CA Prison Staff Have Lower Vaccine Rates Than Those They Oversee

March 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.

Adversity and Opportunity—The Pandemic’s Paradoxical Effect on Child Health and Well-Being

March 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...

The Real Benefits of Paid Family Leave

March 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...

U.S. Public Health Law — Foundations and Emerging Shifts

February 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the complex and sometimes conflicting relationship between individual rights and public health protection.

SHP Profs Weave Pandemic into Their Bing Overseas Classes

February 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...

Veterans Rushed to VA Hospitals Have Significantly Better Outcomes

February 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...

Chronic Kidney Disease Now Has Powerful, Cost-Effective Treatment

February 2022

Chronic kidney disease affects one-in-seven adults and is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. A new Stanford-led study now provides clinicians with a powerful, cost-effective...

A Look at the Supreme Court Ruling on Vaccination Mandates

January 2022

Two Stanford law, labor and health experts explain the legal and health implications of the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large...

Preventing Preterm Deliveries Using a Digital Approach

December 2021

SHP researchers awarded grant to continue their clinical trial testing out a digital app they hope will prevent preterm births.

Health Policy Student: My Brother’s Death Is Not a Statistic

November 2021

After Kaylynn Purdy lost her older brother to a drug overdose, she chose to write about his death to highlight the human faces behind the opioid epidemic both in Canada and here in the United States.

New Study Shows Support for Paid Family Leave Grew During Pandemic

November 2021

In a blow to arguments that a federal paid leave law would harm small businesses, a new study co-authored by SHP's Maya Rossin-Slater finds that support for paid leave among small employers is...

The Department of Health Policy's Inaugural Health Equity Panel

November 2021

Panelists for the Department of Health Policy's inaugural Health Equity Panel discuss the health disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as families and health and consequences...

COVID-19 and End-of-Year Holiday Gatherings in Mexico City

October 2021

Mexico City was hit hard by COVID-19 at the end of 2020, which may have been due in part to big holiday gatherings and public festivals. The SHP modeling team is warning that the sprawling...

The Political and Judicial Battles Over Mask Mandates for Schools

October 2021

Litigation over mask mandates takes a bizarre turn after political leaders in eight states introduce bans on mask requirements. Some state bans apply only to mandates adopted by school districts;...

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