CMB President's Council in Shanghai

CMB's 2012 President's Council meeting and Westlake Forum IV on Academic Health Systems were held back to back in Shanghai.

In Shanghai on November 16, 13 leaders of Chinese medical universities joined CMB President Lincoln Chen and six CMB Trustees for an intensive half-day President's Council meeting focusing on the future of Health Policy and Systems Sciences (HPSS), health professional education (HPE), and global health (GH) in China. CMB sought the Chinese advice on two core questions: what does China need and want?  How can CMB make a meaningful contribution?

These questions are particularly relevant to CMB as part of its consultations to inform a strategic planning process to guide its second century of health philanthropy in China. The President's Council, comprised of the university presidents, vice presidents, and deans of 13 CMB-partner schools, is designed to inform CMB programs by offering a platform for exchange and sharing.

This year’s President's Council meeting consisted of six CMB Trustees (Jane Henney, Fred Hu, Tom Inui, Jeff Koplan, and Jeff Williams, as well as CMB trustee emeritus Jordan Cohen) who participated fully, offering their insights, posing questions and helping to moderate the discussion.  In the days adjacent to the meeting, CMB Trustees also met in small groups with university and government leaders for special consultations about CMB’s next century of work.  After the President's Council meeting, all leaders and CMB Trustees attended the two-day Westlake Forum IV on Academic Health Systems.