GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Lu is the director of the Program in Global Health Economics and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on measuring and analyzing global health finance and its effectiveness on population health outcomes at multiple levels. Funded by the NIH, Charles H Hood Foundation, Milton Fund, and UNICEF and WHO, Dr. Lu currently serves as PI for the following projects: (1) assessing the role of global health aid in strengthening health systems and improving population health outcomes in resource-poor settings; (2) understanding the effectiveness of a community-based health finance approach to promote nutritional care provision and utilization in rural Africa; and (3) developing survey instruments and statistical tools to address measurement errors in estimating important policy indicators such as financial risk protection and prevalence of children exposed to risk factors. Dr. Lu actively collaborates with colleagues at Partners In Health and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and has conducted research across the world, including projects in Rwanda, China, and Mexico. Dr. Lu has been involved in a number of scientific committees, including chairing the Financial Data Tracking/Costing Working Group for the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and acting as an advisor for the World Health Organization’s workshop on monitoring health service utilization and financial protection. Currently, Dr. Lu is a member of the High-Level Panel on Financing Community Health Workers, which is organized by the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Health Millennium Development Goals Financing and Malaria.
Dr. Lu studied international relations (BA) and political science (MA) at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and sociology (MA) and applied statistics (MS) at Syracuse University, where she also received her PhD in economics. She received postdoctoral training on health care policy analysis at the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy, and joined the School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in 2008 after three-years of research work at the Harvard Institute for Global Health. Currently, she is supported by the NIH to expand her skill set by receiving additional training in population science.
International journal for equity in health, August 1, 2017
PloS one, July 11, 2017
Social science & medicine (1982), February 3, 2017
The Lancet. Global health, October 4, 2016
Lancet (London, England), October 4, 2016
The European respiratory journal, September 1, 2016
American journal of public health, November 12, 2015
BMJ open, September 8, 2015
PLoS medicine, June 2, 2015
Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University
DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Human Development, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa