Lamprey & Lee Launches 'Governing Health Systems' Edited by Michael R. Reich and Keizo Takemi

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Lamprey & Lee (Bibliomotion) is pleased to introduce 'Governing Health Systems' edited by Michael R. Reich and Keizo Takemi.

Governing Health Systems
Policymakers around the world are struggling to address the multiple challenges of governing health systems.

GOVERNING HEALTH SYSTEMS: For Nations and Communities Around the World, Edited by Michael R. Reich and Keizo Takemi (Lamprey & Lee, April 14, 2015)

Policymakers around the world are struggling to address the multiple challenges of governing health systems. GOVERNING HEALTH SYSTEMS examines the complex relationships between governance and performance in community and national health systems.

Each chapter provides an in-depth case study, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, on health systems in many countries, including Uganda, Ghana, India, Zambia, Japan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Brazil, Palestine, and South Korea. The chapters are written by former Takemi Fellows in International Health, who were mid-career research fellows at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and their colleagues. This case study approach yields important findings as well as contextual insights about the challenges and accomplishments in addressing governance issues in national and community health systems around the world. The authors examine how health systems are working in the following areas:

At the community level:

●    Community participation in health management committees
●    District hospitals and community governance
●    Decentralized government and community health systems
●    Community workers and responding to health disasters
●    Community perceptions of the health system

At the national level:

●    Governing toward universal health coverage
●    Health policy implementation in a decentralized system
●    National governance and financial accountability for health organizations
●    Public participation in decisions about health priorities

The studies presented in this book—deep examinations of illustrative examples of health system governance for communities and nations—contribute to our knowledge about global health and assist policymakers in dealing with the complex practical problems of health systems. This book addresses central questions around governance and why it matters.

This book marks the thirtieth anniversary for the Takemi Program in International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This extraordinary program has been in existence since 1983, and it welcomed its thirtieth group of Takemi Fellows to Harvard in the fall of 2013. Over the past three decades, 242 people from fifty-one countries have participated in the Takemi Program. This book celebrates the contributions of Takemi Fellows around the world to advancing global health.


Michael R. Reich is the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University in 1981. Dr. Reich has written extensively about the political dimensions of public health policy, health reform, and pharmaceutical policy. He previously served as chair and acting chair of Harvard’s Department of Population and International Health (1997–2001) and as director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (2001-05), and continues as Director of the Takemi Program in International Health.

Keizo Takemi is a Member of the House of Councilors of Japan's National Diet and a Senior Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). He served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1998-99 and Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan in 2006-07. He is an internationally recognized advocate for global health and development, and played an important role in placing health system strengthening at the center of the 2008 G8 summit in Japan. He also was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health from 2007 to 2009.


Lamprey & Lee is an imprint of Bibliomotion, Inc. designed to serve the needs of prestigious institutions looking to develop book publishing programs, and scholars and researchers interested in bringing their work to readers rapidly. Lamprey & Lee publishes non-fiction only.

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