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PHS Reflections on the Deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have drawn new international attention to systemic racism in the U.S. and have again forced us to confront the fundamental contradiction of American democracy. 

Call To Action: Funding to WHO

On April 14, the US Administration announced its intention to withhold funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) pending an evaluation of its response to COVID-19. With over two million cases and almost 130,000 deaths, we are in the middle of the worst public health crisis of our lifetime. This is a dangerous step in the wrong direction and will ultimately affect the most vulnerable communities around the world, particularly in Low and Middle-Income countries where governments and health workers rely heavily on WHO. Michele Barry, Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health and the Senior Associate Dean for Global Health, Stanford School of Medicine, is part of a group trying to get the G20 to step in via a Call to Action. Well over 100 organizations and health leaders have already signed a letter which be accessed here. Please consider putting on your website or sending to your congressperson.

Collective Attitudes and Contraceptive Practice in Nine Sub-Saharan African Countries

According to a study published recently in the Journal of Global Health by Ivan Mejia-Guevara, senior research scientist with the Center for Population Health Sciences and colleagues, saw that findings offered new insights for understanding the role of sex-related attitudes and norms as important factors in shaping contraceptive practices and improving the effectiveness of family planning policies by targeting individuals as well as their groups of influence.

Regulating the spread of coronavirus: Are we ready for a pandemic?

Michelle Mello, professor of health and law discusses why the technical challenges with the first test developed by the CDC left the nation flatfooted. "The fact that CDC put all its eggs in that one basket made the manufacturing snafu highly consequential." 

How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

Stanford Health Policy’s Jason Wang, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford Medicine who also has a PhD in policy analysis, credits his native Taiwan with using new technology and a robust pandemic prevention plan put into place at the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Coronavirus: How to stop illness from becoming pandemic

Speculation continues to grow on whether the outbreak of the novel coronavirus will be declared a global pandemic. During this segment, Eran Bendavid, associate professor of medicine, was interviewed about what constitutes a pandemic and efforts to stop the spread of the disease.

Waiting for data: Barriers to executing data use agreements

Many academic researchers who use preexisting data to conduct research describe a common experience: waiting for university officials to finalize and sign contracts necessary to transfer the data. These data use agreements (DUAs) detail the terms under which data will be disclosed, transferred, stored, and used, specifying rights and obligations for both the data supplier and the recipient (1). Faculty members often struggle to understand why DUAs for transfers of seemingly low-risk data take so long to conclude. To understand reasons for delays and explore what might be done to streamline the process, we interviewed a sample of university officials responsible for negotiating DUAs. 

This work was supported by the Center for Population Health Sciences and funded by the Sloan Foundation.

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