Title

Governmental Responsibility for Public Health: The Road Traveled and What Lies Ahead in Public Health System in China

Presenter Information

Zhenghao Pu

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 201

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Comparative, Public Health Systems, China, United States

Abstract

In 2008, the Chinese government launched reforms that would consolidate public heath responsibilities in a single decentralized multifunctional department. At the same time, the mission of public health was broadened. This new understanding is very similar to the definition used by Institute of Medicine (IOM): “fulfilling society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy” and as “organized community efforts aimed at the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.” Since these broad definitions encompass the interventions of a wide variety of public and private-sector entities in the United States, an understanding of these complex yet integrated arrangements can inform China’s reform efforts. This project is an initial mapping of arrangements in the United States that pays special attention to the institutional arrangements that effectively deal with current reform problems in China and draws some lessons from the American model.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Department/Program

Political Science

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Governmental Responsibility for Public Health: The Road Traveled and What Lies Ahead in Public Health System in China

SURC 201

In 2008, the Chinese government launched reforms that would consolidate public heath responsibilities in a single decentralized multifunctional department. At the same time, the mission of public health was broadened. This new understanding is very similar to the definition used by Institute of Medicine (IOM): “fulfilling society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy” and as “organized community efforts aimed at the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.” Since these broad definitions encompass the interventions of a wide variety of public and private-sector entities in the United States, an understanding of these complex yet integrated arrangements can inform China’s reform efforts. This project is an initial mapping of arrangements in the United States that pays special attention to the institutional arrangements that effectively deal with current reform problems in China and draws some lessons from the American model.