Issue 68, April 2018

From Editors

CHPAMS Newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter from the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS). The Newsletter serves as a communication platform to provide updates and activities related to CHPAMS and information of potential interest for CHPAMS members.

CHPAMS 2nd Biennial Conference

Dear CHPAMS members:

The 2nd Biennial Conference of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS) will take place at the Yale School of Public Health on May 11-13, 2018. This year also marks the 10-year of founding of the CHPAMS.

The conference will be held at the Alexion Auditorium (100 College St), Yale School of Public Health (60 College St) and Harkness Auditorium (333 Cedar St). Yale School of Public Health, Yale Macmillan Center, Yale Institute for Global Health, Yale-China Association, among others, are co-hosts of the event.

The conference will bring together more than 200 prominent public health, economics and data science researchers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, NGOs, government officials from the U.S., China, and other regions in the world for organized sessions, roundtables and workshops, information sessions centered around scholarly exchange and professional development. The program book of the conference is available online

We look forward to seeing you in Yale!

2017 CHPAMS Rising Scholar Best Paper Award

It is our pleasure to announce that the 2017 Rising Scholar Best Paper Award is granted to “Tuberculosis Detection and the Challenges of Integrated Care in Rural China: A Cross-sectional Standardized Patient Study”, published by PLoS Medicine in October 2017. The authors for the winning paper are: Sean Sylvia, Hao Xue, Chengchao Zhou , Yaojiang Shi, Hongmei Yi, Huan Zhou, Scott Rozelle, Madhukar Pai, and Jishnu Das.

CHPAMS established the Rising Scholar Best Paper Award in November 2016 to recognize outstanding peer review publications authored by CHPAMS members who are in their early career stage (either current students or within five years since receiving their last academic degrees). The application for the 2017 Award was open from Oct 2017 to Dec 2017. A six-member Award Committee (see list below) completed a thorough and independent review of all applications and unanimously selected the paper by Sylvia et al. as the winner for the 2017 CHPAMS Best Paper Award.

The winning paper, “Tuberculosis Detection and the Challenges of Integrated Care in Rural China: A Cross-sectional Standardized Patient Study”, presents the results of a large-scale survey of village, township, and county-level health facilities across three provinces employing unannounced standardized patients to assess the ability of rural providers to correctly diagnose and manage a case of presumptive tuberculosis (TB). Such evidence is important given that, despite substantial progress against the disease at the national level due to improved treatment of diagnosed cases, prevalence remains high in rural areas and the large majority of TB cases are undiagnosed by the health system. The findings have important implications for recent reforms aimed at encouraging first contact with lower tier providers in the health system. Specifically, the results suggest that without improvements in the quality of primary care at lower tiers, such reforms could undermine further progress against TB in China.


The paper’s lead author, Dr. Sean Sylvia, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is also a research affiliate at the Rural Education Action Program (REAP) based at Stanford University. Before moving to UNC, he spent three years as an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at Renmin University in Beijing. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland in 2014. Dr. Sylvia has collaborated for nearly ten years with researchers at several institutions in China on research aimed at finding policy solutions to health and education challenges in China’s rural areas. His current main area of work focuses on measuring and evaluating approaches to improve the quality of primary care, with specific focus on implications for the design of recent health reforms.

Congratulations Dr. Sean Sylvia!


United States   

Tenure-Track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Climate Change and Health
Yale School of Public Health
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: New Haven, CT] 

Assistant Adjunct Professor or Assistant In-Residence Professor in Pharmacology
School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology
The University of California, Davis
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Davis, CA] 

Assistant Professor
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania] 

Associate or Full Professor
Family Medicine and Population Health
Virginia Commonwealth University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Richmond, VA]

Associate/Full Professor
Department of Learning Health Sciences
University of Michigan Medical School
Application Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Ann Arbor, MI]

Research Assistant Professor
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
The University of Arizona
Application Deadline: 05/02/2018
[Location: Tucson, AZ]

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Behavioral Science of Ethics and Decision-Making
Geisinger Health System
Application Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Danville, Pennsylvania]

Other Countries

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
Queen’s University Belfast
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland]

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ISPOR 2018
Conference time: May 19-23, 2018
[Location: Baltimore, MD]

Holistic Nursing: Creating and Expanding Global Presence
Conference time: June 5-10, 2018
[Location: Niagra Falls , NY]

Center for Health and Safety Culture Symposium
Conference time: June 20-22, 2018
[Location: Bozeman , MT]

Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth
Conference time: June 24-26, 2018
[Location: Seattle, Washington]

ISPOR Asia Pacific
Conference time: September 8-11, 2018
[Location: Tokyo, Japan]

Health Data Policy and Strategy Orientation
Conference time: September 26-27, 2018
[Location: Washington D.C.]

Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health
Conference time: December 3-5, 2018
[Location: Washington D.C.]

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Research Updates

The Tsinghua–Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities in China: unlocking the power of cities for a healthy China. Yang J., Siri J.G., Remais J.V., Cheng Q., Zhang H., Chan K.K.Y., Sun Z., (...), Gong P. (2018)  The Lancet

Healthy cities: key to a healthy future in China. Summerskill W., Wang H.H., Horton R. (2018)  The Lancet

Trends in future health financing and coverage: future health spending and universal health coverage in 188 countries, 2016–40. Dieleman J.L., Sadat N., Chang A.Y., Fullman N., Abbafati C., Acharya P., Adou A.K., (...), Murray C.J.L. (2018)  The Lance

The hepatitis B epidemic in China should receive more attention. Chen S., Li J., Wang D., Fung H., Wong L.-Y., Zhao L. (2018)  The Lancet,  391  (10130) , pp. 1572.

Prevalence and risk factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in China (the China Pulmonary Health [CPH] study): a national cross-sectional study. Wang C., Xu J., Yang L., Xu Y., Zhang X., Bai C., Kang J., (...), China Pulmonary Health Study Group. (2018)  The Lancet, 

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