Five members of the Vietnam Program's Population Health Study spent nearly two weeks in January in the United States, where they worked with international advisors and SSRC staff on their research projects. The researchers come from the Institute of Sociology (IOS) and the Institute for Family and Gender Studies (IFGS) at the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences (VASS). Their projects focus on insurance coverage and utilization at the commune level and safe motherhood and infant care knowledge and behavior. The team members' time in the U.S. was designed to help them prepare their research for the program's upcoming workshop in Hanoi in July.
The five researchers spent a week at UC Riverside, working under the guidance of two of the Population Health Study's international adivsors: Anil Deolalikar, dean of the School of Public Policy at UC Riverside, and Hy Van Luong, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. The group also visited the SSRC office in Brooklyn at the end of their trip, where they discussed their projects with SSRC staff.
The group will reconvene in Hanoi in July for a workshop and policy roundtable, where team members will present their research.