Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Thank you for your interest in the Third China-U.S. Health Summit! The summit is entitled "Preventive Medicine & Public Health.” This is an exciting opportunity for collaboration, creativity, and dialogue.
The primary goal of the Summit is to bring together health sector leaders from China, the United States, and many other countries around the world to share perspectives and collaborate. The China Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health has been at the forefront of high-level policy dialogues between the United States and China since 2007, and we are expecting this summit to play a pivotal role in this developing partnership. This year's summit focuses on public health education reforms, multi-sector collaboration in public health, and the role of government in public health.
Our inaugural China-U.S. Health Summit was held in 2011 in Boston. The Summit covered a wide range of important public health topics such as non-communicable diseases, global approaches to health system reform, human resource development, and health technology. Attendees included Minister Zhu Chen, Assistant Secretary Sherry Glied, and more than 700 international health policy makers, academic experts, and healthcare executives.
The 2nd Summit was held in 2012, in Beijing, China. In addition to senior policy makers from China (such as Vice Minister Sun Zhigang, and Vice Mayor of Beijing Ding Xiangyang) and the U.S. (such as Drs. Julio Frenk and Carolyn Clancy), about 1000 healthcare experts, senior health executives, NGO and health industry leaders participated in this event. The Summit focused on the need for and difficulty with combining three major forces in healthcare improvement: market competition, government regulation and professionalism.
This year the Summit is co-hosted by Harvard School of Public Health and Peking Union Medical College. We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of the Chinese Ministry of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We are excited by the impressive set of confirmed speakers and are confident that you will find the presentations and discussions informative and engaging. We sincerely welcome your participation in this Summit to create the most memorable event possible with a long-lasting impact.
See you in Boston!
Yuanli Liu, PhD
Director, China Initiative
Harvard School of Public Health