Under the “China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED)” agreement, the U.S.- China Health Summit was inaugurated at Harvard University in September 2011 and has been alternately hosted by China and the United States. Over the past four years, policymakers, academic experts, and business leaders who have a keen interest in the rapidly transforming global health sector have all benefited tremendously from these direct dialogues and discussions. The Summit has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services, the China Commission of Health and Family Planning, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Tsinghua University School of Public Policy & Management, and Peking Union Medical College.
This year's Summit will give a comprehensive review of healthcare reforms in the U.S. and China, discuss technological and systemic innovation. This year also marks the inauguration of the Young Leadership Forum in Health.
Theme: Innovative Healthcare in the Era of NCDs and Aging Society Agenda
The 4th Summit, which was held in Nanjing City, China, provided a platform for discussions among health sector leaders to tackle challenges in health care reform, hospital development and innovation, food and drug security, non-communicable diseases, aging societies and palliative care, big data and E-health. Opening remarks were made by Cui Li, the Vice Commissioner of China National Health and Family Planning Commission, and Dr. Kenneth C. Earhart, Director of China Office, US Department of Health and Human Services. Drs. Barry Bloom, the former Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, among others, gave in depth discussions on the theme topics. The Summit brought together over 500 policy makers, medical and health sector leaders from China, the U.S. and other countries
Theme: Challenges and Opportunities of Preventive Medicine and Public Health Agenda
The 3rd Summit was held during the celebration of the centennial anniversary of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Chen Zhu, the Vice Chairman of the National People’s Council Standing Committee, gave a video greeting. Nils Daulaire, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, delivered keynote speeches. The Summit’s special guests included Yixin Zeng, President of Peking Union Medical College; Liming Li, Chairman of Peking Union Medical College; Qing Yang, Director of the Primary Health Department, China National Health and Family Planning Commission; Tom Kenyon, Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Michael Klag, Dean of the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University; and more than 200 other healthcare leaders.
Theme: The roles of Government, Market, and Professionalism Agenda
The 2nd Summit, held in the Beijing International Conference Center, featured a stimulating discussion on professionalism, specialty of medical institutions, appropriate healthcare provider payment, health service regulations, technical innovation and quality control. Participants included Zhigang Sun, former Vice-Minister of National Development and Reform Commission and current Vice Commissioner of National Health and Family Planning Commission; Xiangyang Ding, deputy mayor of Beijing; Carolyn Clancy, Director of Health Research and Quality Control in the United States Department of Health and Human Services; Lincoln Chen, President of China Medical Board; and Yixin Zeng, President of Peking Union Medical College. More than 800 participants attended the Summit.
Theme: Challenges and Opportunities of Health Care Reform in China and U.S. Agenda
The first, two-day “U.S.- China Health Summit” packed Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. Over 500 health officials from China and the U.S. gathered to examine successful achievements and lessons learned in healthcare reforms around the world and to exchange information on their own efforts, in order to seek ways to extend access, improve quality, and lower the cost of care to their respective citizens. The conference opened with twin keynote addresses by Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sherry Glied and Chinese Minister of Health Chen Zhu. Panel discussions touched on a range of topics, including what can be learned from other nations’ reform efforts, traditional Chinese medicine, chronic disease control, the role of information technology, the relationship between doctors and drug companies, and how best to achieve universal coverage at low cost.