Research Initiatives

PHS stimulates research initiatives in the following areas. Some initiatives represent new directions for ongoing collaborations while others are in every sense new. Contact us for more information about any of the initiatives or to be connected with the investigators.

Learning from Ananya - Scaling Up Improved Primary Health Care System Performance

The Stanford University (SU) School of Medicine “Co-Creation” group will employ a mixed quantitative and qualitative methods approach to capture and share the knowledge and data gained from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Ananya program in Bihar, India. SU will conduct this analysis through the lens of improving primary healthcare (PHC) system performance in Bihar, aiming to disseminate learning from Ananya to inform the scale-up of national and global family health (reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition) interventions.  In close collaboration with the Gates Foundation’s India Country Office (ICO), Ananyagrantees, and evaluation partner Johns Hopkins University (JHU), SU will analyze and synthesize a range of existing data sources, which – together with the primary qualitative data we will collect – will inform the development of a supplement of core publications and additional stand-alone publications and policy briefs. These insights will help the Gates Foundation’s Program Strategy Teams (PSTs), the government of Bihar, Ananya grantees, and the broader global health community make evidence-informed decisions to optimize the coverage, quality and impact of their investments in improving PHC system performance and family health outcomes.

Pacific Rim Alliance for Population Health (PRAPH)

The Pacific Rim Alliance for Population Health (PRAPH) was established in 2016 to bring together scientists and policy makers in the Pacific Rim to collaborate to improve health in the Pacific Rim region. The consortium is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of population health scientists with backgrounds in epidemiology, biostatistics, big data, biology, bioinformatics, and more. A Growing International Collaboration for Population Health Currently, seven countries in the Pacific Rim are working together on common initiatives. These include China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the United States, and Singapore. In 2018, we have recruited new collaborators from the Philippines and Vietnam. Moving forward, we look forward to additional partners in Mexico, and Central and South American countries. Click here to see a full list of current collaborators.

INDEPTH network

INDEPTH is a research network of 53 health and demography surveillance sites in 24 low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia. The network maintains ongoing surveillance of large population blocks, ranging from 10,000 to 300,000 people, each of whom are visited at least once a year, a total of 4.5 million people under direct observation for 10 to 40 years. PHS researchers will be partnering with INDEPTH through local universities on a range of projects, from studying the determinants of changes in the microbiome as they relate to health patterns, with a focus on the role of these environmental changes to cancer risks.

Stanford Population Health Sciences India Center (PHS India)

The mission of the Stanford Population Health Sciences Center is to radically improve the health and economic well-being of Indians through:

  • Research: Spurring novel transdisciplinary research that leads to actionable insights.
  • Training: Training and advising the next generation of health, development, and data science scholars and leaders at Stanford and in India.
  • Impact: Connecting research to policy and practice. Aligning with Stanford’s aspiration to become a more purposeful, global university, we will work closely with key policy-makers to translate knowledge into action.


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