GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Dr. Kaufman teaches, advises, conducts research on international health policy issues, with a focus on China, and works as the China team leader for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a public-private partnership based in New York. She holds a doctorate in public health. Dr. Kaufman speaks Mandarin and has lived in China for more than 10 years, working closely with the government and key donors on many aspects of HIV prevention and community participation. Her research projects focus on building the capacity for government and nongovernmental-organization collaboration on China’s AIDS response, improving reproductive health services for poor women in rural China, developing and evaluating a mental health counseling intervention for AIDS orphans in rural China, and marshaling the social policy and demographic evidence to change China’s one-child population policy. She is actively engaged in research collaborations aimed at improving the integration of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health services. She participates in a three-country research network, the Gender and Health Equity Network, which has been carrying out studies aimed at improving women’s participation in health planning in poor communities in China, India, and Mozambique for the purpose of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity and improving diagnosis and treatment of reproductive-tract infections. Her overall research and teaching focuses on gender, population and international health policy, and health governance issues.
Joan Kaufman, MA, MS, ScD, is the director of the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia. She is also a lecturer on global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, principal and faculty affiliate of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and distinguished scientist and senior lecturer at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, where she has been teaching on health policy.
From 2008-2011, she was the associate director for academics for the master's in science program in international health policy and management, one of two sustainable international development masters degree programs at the Heller School. Dr. Kaufman also worked as the China team leader for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative from 2002 to 2012. Dr. Kaufman was the first UNFPA international program officer in China in the 1980s and from 1996 to 2001, she was the Ford Foundation’s reproductive health program officer for China based in Beijing.
She spent 2001-2002 as a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard and 2005-2006 as a Soros reproductive health and rights fellow. In 2002, she founded the AIDS Public Policy Project at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a program which trained government officials in China and Vietnam about the multi-sectoral and governance requirements for an effective HIV/AIDS response.
She holds a doctorate in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, master's degrees in Asian studies and health and medical sciences from UC Berkeley, and BA cum laude in Chinese studies from Trinity College. She has published widely on AIDS, reproductive health, gender, population and international health policy, emerging infectious diseases, and civil society and health with a focus on China.
AIDS care, August 13, 2012
Science (New York, N.Y.), October 8, 2010
The Journal of infectious diseases, February 15, 2008
Studies in family planning, March 1, 2006
International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, March 1, 2003
Reproductive health matters, November 1, 2002
Biological psychiatry, September 15, 2002
Science (New York, N.Y.), June 28, 2002