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

Suicide in America: Deaths of Despair

Suicide is declining in most of the world but is rising in America, particularly in rural and economically struggling parts of the country.  Why do nearly 50,000 Americans a year take their own lives, and what can be done to prevent this tragedy.  Nationally recognized scholars Professor Anne Case of Princeton University and Rebecca Bernert of Stanford University will share their perspectives on suicide and engage with your questions and ideas.  Please attend this event, which is free and open to all. 

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 12:00–1:00 pm

Location: Clark Center Auditorium

Food and Beverage are not permitted in the auditorium.

Boxed lunches will be distributed following the forum in the Clark Courtyard.

Anne Case, PhD, Princeton University

Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University, where she is the Director of the Research Program in Development Studies. Dr. Case has written extensively on health over the life course. She has been awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Prize in Health Economics from the International Health Economics Association, for her work on the links between economic status and health status in childhood, and the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for her research on midlife morbidity and mortality. Dr. Case currently serves on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, and the Committee on National Statistics. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Medicine. 

Rebecca Bernert, PhD, Stanford University

Dr. Bernert directs the Suicide Prevention Research Laboratory, and co-chairs a Departmental initiative to develop a multidisciplinary center for premature mortality at Stanford. She has collaborated with NIH, DOD, DARPA, and the White House on suicide prevention initiatives, and recently addressed the CA State Assembly regarding emerging best practices. She has engaged in advisory work focused on nationally-directed suicide prevention strategies, and recently published a policy brief calling for an updated CA 2020 statewide strategy for suicide prevention. Dr. Bernert has joint specialty in suicidology and sleep medicine, with subspecialty in clinical trials, standardized suicide risk assessment, and epidemiology. Her laboratory utilizes cognitive, biological, and behavioral testing paradigms, with an emphasis on translational therapeutics. Dr. Bernert’s program aims to identify novel therapeutic targets for suicide prevention, centering on the development of rapid-action, low-risk interventions for suicide. This includes the first two suicide prevention clinical trials worldwide testing efficacy of a non-pharmacologic insomnia treatment on suicidal behaviors. An overarching mission is to harness new technologies in suicide prevention, including AI/machine learning, to aid risk detection and triage in emergency settings and enhance data monitoring in the prevention of suicide.

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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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