From 2006 to 2016, with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the China Environment and Health Initiative (CEHI) explored the threats to health arising from China’s rapid industrialization and urbanization, and the challenges they present for governance. The program took an interdisciplinary approach that fostered collaboration among researchers from the social, medical, and environmental sciences. In 2008, the SSRC joined with several Chinese research institutions to form the Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD), which continues to pursue this agenda. For more information about current activities, see Former CEHI program director Jennifer Holdaway is now a senior research fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies of the University of Oxford and can be reached at

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