Affiliations The Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP) provides a global medical and health policy focus for the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University. The Center promotes inter- and trans-disciplinary research and training. CSIMPP focus is on applying the evidence base knowledge to the medical and health policy formulation and practice. The Center has working relationships with many professional organizations including the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Academy of Disaster Medicine. The unique expertise of the CSIMPP faculty contributes to the overall SPP and GMU mission by promoting academic activities in:

  1. Evidence-based application to medical policy formulation;
  2. Geographical Information System (GIS), social networks and epidemiology;
  3. Modeling medical and health policy processes;
  4. Priority setting and ethical considerations in allocating scarce medical resources;
  5. Emerging and reemerging infections, including antimicrobial drug resistance;
  6. Disaster preparedness and recovery, with emphasis on disparities;
  7. Medical standards and policies in support of operations in extreme environments;
  8. Health and medical community network analysis;
  9. Modeling spatio-temporal behavior and interaction.


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Upcoming Events

The Ophelia Approach to optimizing health literacy

November 5, 2014, 1:30pm to 4:00pm

George Mason University- Merton Hall 1201
Fairfax, VA
The CSIMPP is co-hosting an international health communication workshop with the Center for Health and Risk Communication. The seminar features visiting scholars from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. It presents the Ophelia process – an innovative approach to health literacy assessment and intervention development.
  • The relevance of health literacy to health and equity outcomes
  • Systematic approaches to developing and implementing interventions
The Ophelia Process
  • Overview and theoretical underpinnings of the process
  • Using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) 
  • Other approaches to needs assessment
  • Identifying and planning interventions
  • Implementing and evaluating interventions
The workshop will be highly interactive and skills-based. 
Contact: Please email Dr. Gary Kreps ( if you would like to attend the workshop.

Forum on Health Homelessness, and Poverty

November 6, 2014 
George Mason University- Founders Hall
Arlington, VA

The Forum on Health, Homelessness, and Poverty is an academic conference bringing together policy researchers, policymakers, and those working in the community to significantly reduce the effects of homelessness on health.  The most recent forum took place on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at George Mason University’s Founders Hall , in Arlington, VA. To see the program with list of speakers and topics, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Organized in cooperation with the Policy Studies Organization, the World Medical & Health Policy journal, the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices , the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University , the American Public University System , and theArlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).


Call for Papers

Disaster Resilience: Addressing Disparities

The World Medical &Health Policy (WMHP) journal, in collaboration with the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS), the official certifying body for the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), and the George Mason University Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices (CSIMPP), is soliciting original contributions for a special issue dedicated to disparities in disaster preparedness and resilience. For the purposes of this call, disasters include both natural and human made, and resilience is defined as the ability of a community to respond and recover from disasters.

Socioeconomic status (SES) is a major determinant of health, health care and environmental exposure. Health disparities increase as global income inequality continues to grow. A significant number of individuals living on the cusp of socio-economic disaster also reside in areas prone to natural disasters. Communities are now beginning to address the needs of these individuals, including in the event of disasters.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: policies and practices promoting resilience, training, disaster forecasting and all inclusive medical community preparedness, policies, standards of practice, the role of health care facilities, first responders, public, military private partnerships, humanitarian assistance, and humanitarian interventions, and the changing epidemiological landscape during humanitarian crisis.

Abstracts of up to 100 words should be submitted to Deputy Editor Bonnie Stabile at by October 1, 2014 for consideration. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit the full paper by November 5, 2015. The manuscript submission date is February 1, 2015.

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International Society of Microbial Resistance 
Policy Studies Organization (PSO)
 World Medical Association

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