Stanford Health Policy Forum

Shaping a Better Future for Health Policy

The Stanford Health Policy Forum is an ongoing series of discussions and presentations designed to inform public debate about major health policy issues. All events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming forums scheduled - please check back regularly

Past Events

The Future of American Health Care Policy: A Conversation with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

The national policy landscape around health care is turbulent and confusing, with competing proposals being debated in Congress and in the presidential campaign.  To understand where the nation might and should go in health care policy, please join this candid conversation with U.S. Congresswoman and Stanford alum Zoe Lofgren.  For decades, Lofgren has been a national leader in numerous critical social policy areas, including immigration, technology, and health.  In this conversation, she will analyze the politics and policy of the U.S. health care system, as well as discuss her personal journey from Stanford to Washington, D.C.

Date: Monday, October 7

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren represents the 19th District of California. She is the Chairperson of the Committee on House Administration and Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. She currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and the Committee on House Administration.

Zoe is well known for her work on immigration policy, patent reform, copy right issues, digital rights, and net neutrality. She is also the Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation.

Before being elected to the United States House of Representatives, Zoe was a member of Congressman Don Edwards’ staff for eight years. Afterwards, while she was practicing and teaching immigration law, she was elected to the San Jose Evergreen Community College Board. This was followed by being elected to and serving on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for 14 years.

Zoe is a Stanford University Alumni and received her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.

Watch videos of our past forums here.

About the Forum


Under the leadership of Dean Minor, Stanford School of Medicine is committed not only to providing outstanding health care, but also to improving the public policy environment in which the health care system resides.

The Stanford Health Policy Forum is an ongoing series of discussions and presentations designed to inform public debate about major health policy issues. Events in the Forum draw on the wealth of expertise available within Stanford University and the broader Bay Area, as well as in the national and international health policy field.

Frequency & Location

The Stanford Health Policy Forum will be held 2-3 times per academic year. Please be sure to check the website in advance to confirm the time and location. All events are free and open to the public.

Forum Format

The specific format of events varies, comprising panels, debates and interviews of major figures in the health policy world. The one common element is that all events feature significant time for the audience to ask questions of and interact with the speakers. We ask all invited guests to strive for an informal atmosphere that promotes dialogue rather than the giving of formal, extended lectures.

The Dean's Message

Welcome to the Stanford Health Policy Forum! I am very happy that we have a venue for Stanford and the broader community to discuss the pressing health care policy issues of the day. Please join the conversation.

Dean Lloyd Minor

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