Elizabeth H. Bradley PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Director, Yale Global Health Initiative; Faculty Director, Global Health Leadership Institute; Master, Branford College, Yale College

Biographical Info

Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, is Professor at Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Yale Global Health Initiative, Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, and Master at Branford College. Dr. Bradley has contributed important findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings. In addition, Dr. Bradley has several health system strengthening projects in international settings, including China, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Bradley is the principle investigator for Yale on the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program that was recognized by President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative during their annual meeting in 2012. Dr. Bradley is also the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant that lead to the development of a novel framework of diffusion, dissemination, and widespread take up of health innovations. Findings from this research can be integrated into future strategy development and large-scale implementation efforts undertaken by the Gates Foundation and the wider global health community. She is the co-author of the book, “The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less.” Dr. Bradley has a BA from Harvard, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Yale University in health economics and health policy.

International Activity

  • Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program
    GHLI joined universities across the U.S. to support the Rwandan Ministry of Health's Human Resources for Health Program to develop skilled workers to meet the country's health care delivery needs. The program aims to build the capacity of Rwandan universities and teaching hospitals to develop a sustainable pipeline of health care professionals. This work brings together experts from various specialties in an interdisciplinary effort to strengthen the pipeline of health care professionals - with a focus on developing more effective clinical residency and health management programs at the National University of Rwanda and associated teaching hospitals.
  • Ethiopia Health Extension Program
    The cornerstone of Ethiopia's primary care system is the Health Extension Program. GHLI works with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Harvard School of Public Health and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to facilitate the development of a long-term strategic plan for primary care in Ethiopia. Our goal is to identify, test and refine strategies to ensure long-term sustainability and quality of Ethiopia's primary care system.
  • Tanzania, Project Last Mile
    Through Project Last Mile, GHLI examines how private and public sectors can work together for the benefit of the local population. We have teamed with supply chain experts in the Coca-Cola system and the country's Medical Stores Department (MSD) to improve access to critical medicines in more than 5000 locations. Lessons learned will help expand the partnership in other countries and provide training tools to prepare global health professionals to both harness the power of private sector partnerships and build technical skills in supply chain management.
  • Healthcare, Ethiopia, Education, CHAI partnership
    EHMI: Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative
  • Global Health
    Leadership in Global Health Grand Rounds
  • UK Partner - South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    United Kingdom; Angola; Armenia; Azerbaijan(2010)
    Professional Development Program in International Healthcare Management
    Ethiopia; Nassau, Bahamas; Andorra(2010)
    External Evaluation of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative
  • Healthcare delivery, China
    Women in Management: Improving Health Care Delivery in China
  • China, The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Yale-Tsinghua Certificate Program in International Healthcare Management
    Starting in 2009, this program was part of a five-year investment to provide underserved women around the world with a business and management education. GHLI partnered with Tsinghua School of Economics and Management to train female health care administrators in China by offering practical field experience and classroom work to women across the health delivery system, with a focus on those serving rural and underserved urban communities. The program trained more than 500 administrators and was the first in China between two internationally renowned universities to target female health care administrators from secondary and county level hospitals, community health centers and local health bureaus throughout the country.
  • Egypt, Hospital Strengthening Initiative
    Egypt(2009 - 2011)
    From 2009 to 2011, GHLI and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) partnered to establish the Hospital Strengthening Initiative to improve hospital care for patients with cardiovascular disease. GHLI, the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale, and the NBE collaborated to create Egypt's first data registry for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome to help measure quality of care, identify gaps and evaluate efforts to improve hospital performance. Through training and mentoring, teams reduced waiting time for procedures and crowding in the Cardiac Catheterization lab designed and implemented an inventory management system for that lab and developed a more effective work plan to improve patient flow in the outpatient clinics.
  • United Kingdom, Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program
    United Kingdom(2007)
    Like many countries dealing with rising health care costs, aging populations and public calls for reform, the U.K. is making substantial changes to its National Health Service (NHS). To prepare NHS staff in leadership roles to navigate this reform, GHLI and the South Essex Partnership Foundation Trust created the Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program. Using expert speakers, case studies and site visits in both the U.K. and the U.S., the program focuses participant involvement on management and leadership topics in order to provide comparative analyses and perspectives that help generate creative solutions to health care problems common to both countries.
  • Liberia, Health Management Delivery Program
    Liberia(2007 - 2009)
    GHLI partnered with the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative as part of the Health Management Delivery Program to establish a certificate course and mentorship program that provides health care professionals with the leadership skills and problem solving tools necessary to implement the Liberian National Health Plan. This work culminated in the development of the Health Management Toolkit for health facility managers across the country and the Drug Dispenser Certification Workbook and training program to promote effective pharmacy management and safe dispensing practices. This program continues through Mother Patern College.
  • Infection Control Policies and Practices in China
    Professor Elizabeth Bradley, Professor Louise-Marie Dembry, and Professor Hong Wang are conducting a policy analysis to understand how guidelines for infection control differ in China, followed by an empirical study to assess current infection control practices in the hospital setting, and we are developing a set of recommendations for enhancing existing infection control policies and practices in these areas.
  • Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative
    The Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative (EHMI) launched in 2006 in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Through EHMI efforts, great strides have been made to improve hospital-based and primary care in Ethiopia with the design and implementation of the first Master's of Hospital Administration degree program in Africa and the launch of the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality to improve hospital services and patient satisfaction. EHMI work is also helping to strengthen adherence to clinical guidelines for labor and delivery and the adaption of WHO Safe Surgery checklist.
  • South Africa
    Executive Training Program for Health Care Professionals
  • United Kingdom
    Yale-SEPT International Healthcare Management Program
  • Ethiopia
    EHMI/MHA Program
  • Egypt
  • China
    10,000 Women Program - Healthcare Management Education

Education & Training

Harvard University (1984)
University of Chicago (1986)
Yale University (1996)
Gerontological Association of America

Honors & Recognition

  • Member,World Economic Forum Global Agenda for Healthcare Systems
  • John D. Thompson Investigator Award in Health Services Research

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