Issue 79, March 2019

From Editors

The CHPAMS Monthly is an e-newsletter of the China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS). The Newsletter provides updates and activities related to CHPAMS and information of potential interest for CHPAMS members.

CHPAMS Announcement


In 2016, CHPAMS established the Rising Scholar Best Paper Award to recognize outstanding peer review publications authored by CHPAMS members who are in their early career.  For the 2018 Award, we received an unprecedented number of high-quality publications. A seven-member Award Committee completed two rounds of thorough and independent review of the applications and selected two papers as the winners.  We are delighted to announce the following two papers and their lead authors as the recipients of the 2018 CHPAMS Best Paper Award!

Dr. Donglang Zhang, et al. “Expansion of Telestroke Services Improves Quality of Care Provided in Super Rural Areas” Health Affair. 2018 Dec;37(12):2005-2013

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This paper presents trends in utilization of a two-way video conferencing telemedicine technology – telestroke – that connects large stroke centers and lower-resourced facilities to optimize acute stroke management in the U.S., and assesses the association between providing telestroke services and quality of care and medical expenditures, by urban versus rural county of residence among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries. The study finds that telestroke services have increased rapidly during the period from 2008 to 2015, with usage highest among patients in rural or super rural areas. Telestroke services improved quality of care and clinical outcomes, especially in super rural counties. The findings have important implications for policy dialogue aimed at reducing health disparities between rural and urban regions through expanding and reimbursing telemedicine technologies and services. Such evidence is also important and relevant to China’s health policy as China embraces emerging technologies in transforming its health delivery system to improve quality of care and reduce health disparities.

The paper’s lead author, Dr. Donglan Zhang, is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, University of Georgia (UGA).  She is also adjunct faculty at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, affiliated with Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine. Before joining the faculty at UGA, she worked as a prevention effectiveness fellow at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2014. Dr. Zhang’s research has been focusing on insurance coverage and access to care and prevention of chronic diseases from a system perspective in the US and China.

Dr. Jing Li, “Plastic surgery or primary care? Altruistic preferences and expected specialty choice of U.S. medical students” J Health Econ. 2018 Nov;62:45-59

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This paper is the first that rigorously measures altruism of U.S. medical professionals and uses it to predict career choice. The paper used a cutting-edge methodology developed in experimental economics to measure altruism among over 500 medical students recruited from schools around the U.S.  The paper finds that medical students with a lower degree of altruism are significantly more likely to choose high-income specialties and also significantly predicts students' self-reported likelihood of practicing medicine in an underserved area. This altruism measure is more predictive of specialty than other characteristics, including parental income, student loan amount and Medical College Admission Test score. This paper demonstrates that laboratory measure of altruism can predict important real-world decisions of medical professionals, and highlights the need to enhance altruism level and potentially change the specialty distribution among future physicians. The tool for measuring altruism preferences can be adapted for use in different languages and countries, including China.

The paper’s sole author, Dr. Jing Li, is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Li obtained her PhD in Health Policy and MA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a BA in Economics & English from Peking University. Dr Li’s research focuses on examining the incentives and behaviors of healthcare providers, as well as their impact on healthcare resource allocation, especially in situations involving conflicts of interests between providers and patients.


It is with our greatest honor to announce the winner of CHPAMS’s 2018 Inspiration Award, Dr. Yaojiang Shi. CHPAMS established the Inspiration Award in August 2016 to recognize members’ extraordinary determination to challenge the “status quo”, overcome significant barriers and achieve accomplishments in scientific research, community service, or innovative activities that are above and beyond the expectation. The Inspiration Award was exclusively funded through member donations. In January 2019, CHPAMS started the nomination process and formed a five-member Award Committee that was made up of CHPAMS President Dr. Xi Chen and four distinguished researchers as below.

  • Teh-Wei Hu,      PhD, Professor Emeritus of Health Economics, University of California,      Berkeley School of Public Health

  • Gordon Liu, PhD,      Yangtze River Scholar Professor of Economics, Director of China Center for      Health Economics Research, Peking University National School of      Development

  • Winnie Yip,      PhD, Professor of the Practice of International Health Policy and      Economics, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T. Chan      School of Public Health

  • Hai Yu, MD,      PhD, Professor, Director of International Education Program and Director      of Center of Distance Education, Zhejiang University School of Medicine


We received three highly quality nominations. All the individuals and team members being nominated have exemplified perseverance, dedication, and leadership in their impressive achievements and accomplishments.  After independent assessments, the Award Committee selected Dr. Yaojiang Shi as the winner of the 2018 CHPAMS Inspiration Award.

Prof. Shi is a visionary and persistent researcher who has made significant contributions to health and welfare of low-income children, especially in Northwest China. He achieved a distinct but successful research career path by giving up opportunities in business and public service. More than three decades ago, he started collaborations with eminent American researchers, including Dr. Scott Rozelle, while the region was still experiencing extreme poverty and short of any research resources at that time.  With his leadership, he has built an active research center almost from the scratch and overcome significant challenges in government support, research resources, and team building to implement series of large randomized controlled trials to improve health and welfare of the vulnerable children in China. He has demonstrated high academic integrity and was respected by peers and junior researchers as the role model. His vision, courage, and persistence in research makes him highly qualified for this award.

Congratulations to Dr. Yaojiang Shi!


Volunteers are the cornerstone of China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS). Each year, we grant Volunteer of the Year Award to a volunteer for his/her significant contributions to the organization. For 2018, we are delighted to announce the winner of CHPAMS Volunteer of the Year Award, Dr. Mengxi Zhang.


Mengxi received her Ph.D. in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, both from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Earlier, she received Bachelor of Medicine in Preventive Medicine from China’s Capital Medical University School of Public Health and Family Medicine. She is currently an assistant professor at Ball State University College of Health.

Dr. Mengxi Zhang began her service to CHPAMS in 2015 when she was a student at Tulane University. She has provided vital support to public-facing communications for our organization, such as editing monthly newsletters, planning and hosting webinars, and drafting CHPAMS blogs. While Mengxi is now an assistant professor, she continues to dedicate her time and efforts for CHPAMS. The development of CHPAMS calls for such great support from volunteers. We appreciate the services from volunteers like Mengxi. Congratulations to Dr. Mengxi Zhang, winner of CHPAMS 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award!

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Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Public Health
Zhejiang University - College of Natural Sciences
Deadline: April 14th, 2019
[Location: Hangzhou, China]

Lecturer/Associate Professor in Public Health
Health and Environmental Sciences
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Requisition ID: 995771a
Deadline: June 1st, 2019
[Location: Suzhou, China]

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, Chair Professor (in Physiology, Neurobiology, Genetics, Immunology, Pharmacology, Tissue embryology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Epidemiology, Basic medicine, Clinical medicine, Life sciences and interdisciplinary fields)
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) Medical School
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Shenzhen, China]

Project Manager, Healthcare Solution Delivery
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Beijing, China]

China Marketing Leader, Watson Health
Requisition ID: 201581BR
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Multiple Cities, China]

Senior Associate (Healthcare) - Strategy& - Consulting
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Shanghai, China]

United States

Assistant or Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Washington DC]

Dean of the College of Public Health
University of Georgia
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Athens, GA]

Assistant or Associate Professor of Public Health, Tenure – Track
University of San Francisco
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: San Francisco, CA]

Department of Global and Community Health - Term Assistant Professor
College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
George Mason University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Fairfax, VA]

Assistant/Associate Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Harvard University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts]

Open Rank Faculty Position in Medicine, Medical Sciences, and Public Health
University of California Davis
Deadline: April 30th, 2019
[Location: Davis, CA]

Assistant Professor of Public Health - CA0016242641
California State University-Los Angeles
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Los Angeles, CA]

Director, North Carolina Institute for Public Health
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Chapel Hill, NC]

Public Health Analyst
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Washington DC]

Public Health Program Associate
Emory University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Atlanta, GA]

Associate Dean for Prevention & Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Chicago, IL]

Global Health Partnership Coordinator
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Philadelphia, PA]

Assistant or Associate Professor in Biostatistics
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Bryan, TX]

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Scholarships & Fellowships

Postdoctoral Research Associate - sexual minority teen populations
Center for Innovative Public Health Research
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: San Clemente, CA]

Postdoctoral Researcher - Public Health
Health Promotion and Genomics Lab
Texas A&M University Tuskegee University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: College Station, TX]

Postdoctoral Researcher - Health Promotion
Health Promotion and Genomics Lab
Texas A&M University Tuskegee University
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: College Station, TX]

Postdoctoral Researcher – Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health Epidemiology Department
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Boston, MA]

Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Position Number: PDS002079
Deadline: Open until filled
[Location: Chapel Hill, NC]

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement – 2019 Summit
Conference Time: April 11 – 13, 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA

American Hospital Association Leadership Summit
Conference Time: July 25 – 27, 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 20, 2019
Location: San Diego, CA

HLTH – Created the Future of Health 2019 Conference
Conference Time: October 27 – 30, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, NV

MGMA Annual Conference
Conference Time: October 13 – 16, 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline: TBD
Location: New Orleans, LA

2019 IHI Patient Safety Congress
Conference Time: May 15 – 17, 2019
Location:  Houston, TX

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Research Updates

Linqi Mao, Jun Lu, Qi Zhang, Yuxi Zhao, Gang Chen, Mei Sun, Fengshui Chang and Xiaohong Li. Family-based intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes via WeChat in China: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2019 April.

Jingrong Zhu, Jinlin Li, Zengbo Zhang, Hao Li, Lingfei Cai. Exploring determinants of health provider choice and heterogeneity in preference among outpatients in Beijing: a labelled discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open. 2019 April.

Long Chen, Sai Liang, Maodian Liu, Yujun Yi, Zhifu Mi, Yanxu Zhang, Yumeng Li, Jianchuan Qi, Jing Meng, Xi Tang, Haoran Zhang, Yindong Tong, Wei Zhang, Xuejun Wang, Jiong Shu and Zhifeng Yang. Trans-provincial health impacts of atmospheric mercury emissions in China. Nature Communications. 2019 April.

Bocong Yuan and Jiannan Li. The Policy Effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the Digital Public Health Sector in the European Union: An Empirical Investigation. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2019 March.

Zhong Wang. Data integration of electronic medical record under administrative decentralization of medical insurance and healthcare in China: a case study. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. 2019 March.

Zhaohua Wang, Muhammad Mansoor Asghar, Syed Anees and Haider Zaidi and Bo Wang. Dynamic linkages among CO2 emissions, health expenditures, and economic growth: empirical evidence from Pakistan. 2019 March.

Zhiwei Xu, Shilu Tong, Jian Cheng, James Lewis Crooks, Hao Xiang, Xiangyu Li, Cunrui Huang, Wenbiao Hu. Heatwaves and diabetes in Brisbane, Australia: a population-based retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2019 March.

Luyao Zhang, Otto Hemminki, Tianhui Chen, Hongyao Yu, Guoqiao Zheng, Subhayan Chattopadhyay, Asta Försti, Kristina Sundquist, Jan Sundquist, Kari Hemminki. Second cancers and causes of death in patients with testicular cancer in Sweden. PLOS One. 2019 March.

Nai-Hui Lin; Hsiu-Wu Yang;Yu-Jang Su; Chen-Wang Chang. Herb induced liver injury after using herbal medicine: A systemic review and case-control study. Medicine. 2019 March.

Yongjian Xu, Anupam Garrib, Zhongliang Zhou, Duolao Wang, Jianmin Gao, Xiaowei Yang, Xiaojing Fan, and Gang Chen. New Health Care Reform and Impoverishment among Chronic Households in China: A Random-Intercept Approach.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2019 March.          

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