International Order & Conflict

How Changing Behaviors Can Optimize Foreign Aid

Did you know that human behavior plays an important role in saving lives and stopping the spread of infectious diseases?

The emerging field of behavior science offers promising insights to improve our understanding of how people make health decisions. These approaches can help agencies design and implement US foreign assistance programs to bolster health and prevent diseases, such as Ebola, from turning into regional or global epidemics.

WHAT: a discussion about how behavior science is helping the United States achieve its goals across global health and security priorities. These are simple, inexpensive ways of leveraging US tax dollars to help us end preventable child and maternal deaths, and cope with ongoing and emerging health challenges.  

Elizabeth Fox
, Director, Office of Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, USAID
Rachel Leeds, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Benin
Oby Obyerodhyambo, Senior Strategic Communications Advisor, Kenya Country Office, PATH
Kristin A. Cooney, Director, DRC Country Portfolio, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Abigail Bucuvalas, Director, Educational Programs, Sesame Workshop

Moderated by Melissa Hersh, Nonresident Fellow for Global Health and Security, Stimson Center

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