Faculty Profile, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan

Faculty Profiles


Likwang Chen, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator
Institute of Population Health Sciences
likwang@nhri.org.tw

EDUCATION

Ph.D., College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, USA
M.S., College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, USA
B.B.A., College of Management, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

- Associate Investigator, Center for Health Policy Research and Development, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan (2005-present)
- Associate Investigator, Division of Health Policy Research, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan (2005)
- Assistant Investigator, Division of Health Policy Research, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan (1999-2005)
- Research Associate, Population and Development Program, Department of Rural Sociology, Cornell University, USA (1998-1999)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Chen's research interests focus on four areas: (1) the performance of the health system, (2) social inequality in the health system, (3) priority setting in the health system, and (4) children's well-being. In the first and the second areas, she particularly concentrates on exploring the performance of the health system in promoting the population health and public satisfaction, and reducing social inequality in these two aspects. As for research on priority setting in the health sector, she has two major tasks. The first is to find information-focused approaches that can transform Taiwan's national health expenditure data into sensible information for setting priorities in Taiwan's health system. The second is to construct an appropriate priority setting process and to develop methods to elicit the public's views about priority setting in Taiwan's health system. Dr. Chen also pays much attention to research with respect to children's well-being. She has been conducting a series of studies that probe the relationships of parental and family background, social environments and health policies with the utilization level of prenatal care and child preventive care. Her future work in this line of research focuses on strategies for advancing the quality of child preventive care in Taiwan.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dr. Chen has published several papers about well-child care and child welfare in Taiwan. She has also published the first paper that used an experimental design, the difference-in-differences method and individual longitudinal data to investigate the causal effects of Taiwan's National Health Insurance Program on access and health status of the elderly.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1. Shih SF, Chen* L, Wen CP, Yang WC, and Shih YT. An Investigation of the Smoking Behaviours of Parents Before, During and after the Birth of Their Children in Taiwan. BMC Public Health. 2008(accepted).

2.Chen L, Yip W, Chang MC, Lin HS, Lee SD, Chiu YL, and Lin YH. The Effects of Taiwan's National Health Insurance on Access and Health Status of the Elderly. Health Economics. 16: 223-242, 2007.

3. Chen L and Yang WS. The Relationships of Maternal Attitudes in Child-Raising with Their Behaviors Regarding Children's Health and Investments in Children's Ability. Journal of Population Studies. 29: 123-146, 2004.

4. Chen L, Yang WS, Lee SD, Chang HC and Yeh CL. Utilization of Well-Baby Care Visits Provided by Taiwan's National Health Insurance Program. Social Science & Medicine. 59: 1647-1659, 2004.

5. Chen L, Lu HHS, and Chang HC. The Utilization Rates of Well-Child Care Visits Provided by the National Health Insurance Program, 1996-2001. Taiwan Journal of Public Health. 23(1): 37-44, 2004.

6. Chen L, Li LA, Hung YT, Pan LY and Wu HM. The Contribution of Sampling Technique to Policy Analysis Regarding Children's Welfare and Estimation of Survey Budget --- A Discussion on Application of Household Registration Computer Files. Survey Research. 10: 35-66, 2001.

(*=Corresponding Author)