Harvard Chan researchers featured in inaugural issue of health systems journal

 The new journal Health Systems and Reform (HS&R) launched in March 2015 with an issue featuring authors affiliated with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The quarterly peer-reviewed journal aims to bridge theory and practice in the field by including research articles with national and cross-national perspectives on health systems around the world, as well as commentaries by the leaders guiding reforms.

The first four issues will be available online, with free access. View first issue.

Co-edited by Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy, the first issue of HS&R includes a commentary co-authored by Harvard Chan School Dean Julio Frenk and Octavio Gómez-Dantés, MPH ’91, SM ’91, and a remembrance of founding editor Marc Roberts, a health systems expert and emeritus professor who passed away in 2014.

John McDonough, professor of the practice of public health, William Hsiao, K.T. Li Professor of Economics, and Recep Akdaǧ, a former visiting professor, offered insights into health reform in the United States, China, and Turkey, respectively. Current and former Takemi Fellows Jesse Bump, MPH’09, Juhwan Oh, Soonman Kwon, and Hong Wang also contributed articles to the issue.

Reich and co-editor Joseph Antoun of the University of Chicago wrote in the issue, “The journal’s mission is to create a global platform for sharing cutting-edge analysis, methods, and lessons in health systems and reform and to provide thought-provoking articles for leaders, researchers, and students looking for new ideas and lessons in how to improve health systems and reform processes. Most importantly, we hope that our journal will contribute to strengthening health systems and to improving health care delivered to patients around the world.”