Our public impact-focused team shares timely analysis, insights, news, and ideas about the ways  universities, governments, businesses, and nonprofits are working together to use evidence and experience to make progress on the world’s hardest social challenges.

Alyce Adams is the newest member of our faculty advisory board. She joined the university in February and brings experience and enthusiasm for shortening the time between research and impact—and the distance between researchers, health care providers, and patients and the communities they live in. Her work focuses especially on reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities for people with chronic disease.
Continuous glucose monitors and other technology–combined with telehealth–have the potential to improve diabetes care and make it better for more patients regardless of race, wealth, or where they live. Ramesh Johari, a 2020-2021 Stanford Impact Labs Design Fellow, is working with colleagues across the university and in clinical settings to design technology and telehealth systems that can have broad public impact.

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Even with medical advances in neonatal intensive care units, fewer Black and Hispanic babies survive and thrive than white babies in the same hospitals. Henry Lee is working with Caroline Toney-Noland, partners at the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, and hospitals across California to close the gap in care.

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The first automated text messages just went out to dozens of Santa Clara County public defender clients to remind them when to appear for court hearings. Santa Clara County Assistant Public Defender Sarah McCarthy and Stanford Computational Policy Lab Executive Director Alex Chohlas-Wood explain how they developed the technology with The Bail Project and how the research and practice partnership funded by Stanford Impact Labs is helping them find new ways to reduce the chances individuals are held in jail before their trials.
Toronto Star reporter Nicholas Keung writes about the work of Stanford's Immigration Policy Lab and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to pilot a new algorithm to match immigrants with communities where they are most likely to do well. The impact lab, AI for Immigrant Integration, is one of six to receive start-up funding from Stanford Impact Labs in 2021.