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Harvard Faculty Present at the 8th U.S.-China Health Summit

(Chengdu, China) The U.S.-China Health Summit, a high-level conversation platform dedicated to the advancement of global health, hosted its 8th annual conference between October 12-14, 2018 in Chengdu, China.

Convening under the theme, Healthy China, Healthy Sichuan, over 1,000 leaders from the governments, academia, hospitals and healthcare services, investment, and biomedical industries participated and explored 12 sessions over the two-day meeting. Notably, speakers including Chen Wang, President of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, Qian Liu, President of Chinese Hospital Association, and Yixin Zeng, Deputy Director-General of National Health Commission of China addressed the opening ceremony.

Department of Population Medicine of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (DPM) faculty, Anita Katharina Wagner, Dennis Ross-Degnan, Jason Block, Jing Ma, Michael Klompas, and Richard Platt, together with Barry Bloom, the former Dean of Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health, and 20 other international faculties and experts attended and present at the Summit. Rich gave an opening keynote speech on “Learning Healthcare System: Health Care Delivery and Population Health”.

Harvard Faculty at the 8th U.S.-China Health Summit

Since its inauguration in 2011 at Harvard University, the U.S.-China Health Summit (the Summit) has been dedicated to advancing global health by promoting exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences among current and future health sector leaders from China, the U.S. and other countries.

“Despite the current trading war between the United States and China, this conference demonstrated that the U.S. and China, as the world’s leading economies, have a shared common interest in addressing challenges in public health and healthcare delivery not only for their own citizens but also the world. They have an important role to play in combatting new and old threats to health and development, and cooperation is necessary and expanding.” said Dr. Ma, Director of China Center at DPM and President and Secretary-General of U.S.-China Health Summit.

The engagement of DPM faculties allowed participants to get a direct perspective on advanced international healthcare practices and DPM’s commitment to improving population health.

Dr. Anita presented on opportunities and challenges of new cancer therapeutics in health systems. By walking through U.S. health insurance systems, Dr. Jing Ma addressed life-course health issues for women, especially regarding to life-course risk and screening strategies for breast cancer among Asian women. Dr. Ross-Degnan, shared insights into how to use health insurance systems to manage diabetes in general populations. Jason Block and Michael Klompas highlighted the effects of calorie labeling on childhood obesity prevention in U.S., and the role of information from health care systems for public health surveillance, respectively.

Besides the Summit, DPM faculty also engaged in closed-door meetings the Sichuan Health Commission and Sichuan CDC, the Sichuan Academy of Medical Science & Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China medical school, and local government health sector officials.

DPM and School of Medicine University of Electronic Science and Technology of China & Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital Cooperative Communication Meeting

The 9th U.S.-China Health Annual Summit will be held on September 20th, 2019 at Harvard Medical School and Nov. 2-3, 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

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