2013 Awards

Research: “Improving Public Health Through Strengthening Health Information System in Urban and Rural China: An Evaluation and Demonstration Project” 

Yuanli Liu and Ashih Jha (Harvard School of Public Health)


Together with colleagues from the Minhang District of Shanghai and Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province,  Yuanli Liu and Ashih Jha (HSPH) will spend the next year analyzing the implementation and effective use of Health Information Technology (HIT) in urban and rural settings. Using Minhang District as a model, they will determine the impact of HIT adoption on quality of care, especially on the effectiveness of chronic diseases management, and assess which lessons from Minhang can be applied to areas of Western China, such as Wenchuan County.


Research: “Patient-Physician Trust and Mistrust in China: A Qualitative Study” 

Arthur Kleinman (Faculty of Arts and Sciences/Harvard Medical School), Eric Campbell (Harvard Medical School), Joseph Tucker (Univ. of North Carolina), Nie Jing-Bao (Univ. of Otago, New Zealand), and Wei Zhu (Fudan Univ.)


Arthur Kleinman (FAS/HMS) and Eric Campbell (HMS),  together with collaborators Joseph Tucker (Univ. of North Carolina), Nie Jing-Bao (Univ. of Otago, New Zealand), and Wei Zhu (Fudan Univ.), will spend the next three years conducting a study to investigate patient-physician trust in China using a biosocial approach that integrates anthropological, sociological, normative ethical, cross-country comparative and social policy analyses. Their findings will ultimately establish a set of recommendations for health systems interventions, communication strategies, and medical training reform in order to rebuild patient-physician trust throughout China.


Research: “Advance Implementation Science for Rural Health System Reforms in China”

William Hsiao (Harvard School of Public Health)


Over the next 1.5 years, William Hsiao (HSPH) will conduct a study with faculty and students from the Tongji Medical School of Huazhong University of Science & Technology to analyze and compare current implementations of health system reforms in rural areas of western China. His team will investigate how local governments interpret national policy and how they issue directives to and govern township health centers (THCs).