Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger, an associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health, has been named to two prominent national committees—the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Board on Global Health and the joint IOM and National Research Council (NRC) committee to carry out congressionally mandated evaluations of HIV/AIDS programs.
The Board of Global Health works on international health policy as well as the health issues of developing countries and programs for prevention and control of both disease and disability. The board also manages the African Science Academy Development Initiative, a 10-year effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and organizes forums on issues such as global violence prevention, nutritional impact of the global food price crisis and preventing the global epidemic of cardiovascular disease.
The joint IOM and NRC committee is charged with evaluating U.S.-funded programs implemented under the U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, including the PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) program.
“The United States is increasingly engaging in global health governance and focusing on addressing international health issues at the national level,” said Dr. Ruger. “These committees seek to provide guidance and insight regarding the most effective way forward.”
Dr. Ruger’s research focuses on health economics, ethics and politics. Her work is unified by an overarching interest in disparities and equity in health and health care at the national and global level. Her recent book, “Health and Social Justice,” explores these topics.
Dr. Ruger holds additional appointments at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Law School. She is a senior research fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and former co-director of the Yale-WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion, Policy and Research. She is a faculty associate of Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
[Photo: Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger]