Distinguished Speaker Series

Zhuo (Adam) Chen, University of Georgia.

China’s Public Health System: Holding Bull’s Nose Ring or Tail?

Oct. 14 7:30–8:30 pm (EDT) via Zoom Webinar

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Lecture Abstract

Seventeen years after the SARS outbreak, with cities in lockdown and tens of thousands of patients in intensive care units in China because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, disease prevention and control has again been put into spotlight, albeit unwanted. This presentation will discuss China’s disease control prevention systems, its evolution over time, and its key components and structure. I will also provide a comparison between the public health systems in China and that in the US, with a particular focus on the emergency preparedness and response. The presentation will offer some food for thought on China’s public health systems and policy recommendations. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Zhuo (Adam) Chen is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA; and Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Health Economics and Co-Director, Centre for Health Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Statistics from the Iowa State University. Before Dr. Chen joined the University of Georgia in 2017, he was a senior health economist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His current research interests include health economics, economics of obesity, mental health, genomics, and social determinants of health. He is a recipient of the CDC Excellence in Social and Behavioral Science Research Award in 2013. He served as the President of the Asian Pacific Islander Employees of CDC/ATSDR during 2014-2016 and was awarded the Civilian Award of Excellence in Diversity by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council in 2016. Dr. Chen serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Chinese Economy, the China CDC Weekly, and Anhui Medical and Pharmaceutical Journal