HRSA in Taiwan

Austin Demby, Deputy Director of HRSA's Office of Global Health (fourth from left) and Dr. Jay C. Butler (third from right), CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, met with Taiwan Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr. Shih-Chung Chen (center) and staff during the 15th Global Health Forum in Taiwan on October 21-22. The American delegation joined over 1,500 scientists and policy makers from more than 30 countries at the conference.
Austin Demby, Deputy Director of HRSA's Office of Global Health (fourth from left) and Dr. Jay C. Butler (third from right), CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, met with Taiwan Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr. Shih-Chung Chen (center) and staff during the 15th Global Health Forum in Taiwan on October 21-22. The American delegation joined more than 1,500 scientists and policy makers from more than 30 countries at the conference.

 

With the ever-increasing migration of populations from rural communities into cities -- a trend throughout the Pacific Rim -- the delegates discussed the challenges of improving health outcomes when overcrowding, poor air quality, and the stresses of urban living are putting tremendous pressure on inhabitants. This has been made even more profound by the rapid increase in the proportion of elderly people in Taiwan, HRSA's Demby noted.

The country is set to surpass the 20 percent benchmark -- as one in five citizens will be over 65 by next year. Similar profiles are seen in countries like Japan and Singapore. The U.S., by comparison, is not expected to reach the population milestone until 2030. The challenge of providing long-term care to seniors, especially in countries that have among the lowest birth rates in the world, was a major discussion point at the forum.

A visiting delegation of providers from Australia voiced similar concerns when they visited HRSA in September.

In a meeting with Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare, Demby -- a former CDC epidemiologist -- briefed high-level state officials on the HRSA primary care model and related programs to reduce health disparities and increase access to care.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2019