James F. Phillips

Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health


James Phillips, PhD, conducts research on health systems and policy issues in Africa and Asia. Dr. Phillips collaborated with the Ghana Health Service in designing, implementing, and evaluating the Navrongo Experiment, a study that provided conclusive evidence that family planning services can lead to fertility decline in a traditional African societal setting. Improvements in maternal and child health associated with the project represent the most rapid declines in maternal and childhood mortality ever recorded for a rural African population, with service systems of the project becoming the model for a national program known as the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Initiative. Based on his work in Ghana, In the 1980s, Dr. Phillips developed and tested methods for accelerating the pace of scaling-up initiatives in Bangladesh that have since been used around the world, including in Vietnam, where Dr. Phillips collaborated with provincial health authorities on models for reducing ethnic disparities in health service utilization. Based on work in Ghana in the 1990s, he developed models for mechanizing the replication of database systems, leading to the proliferation of longitudinal health research in Africa and Asia. Dr. Phillips has published various papers in leading journals documenting his work and the impact of policy experiments in Ghana and Bangladesh. Presently, Dr. Phillips is the Director of a new program, Advancing Research on Comprehensive Health Systems (ARCHeS), based in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health. He is also the Principal Investigator of two large-scale health systems development and research projects, including the Ghana Essential Health Intervention Program (GEHIP) and the Connect Project (Tanzania).


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Mailman School of Public Health
The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
60 Haven Avenue, B-2
New York, NY 10032