Join Us - China Connection

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The transition to a market economy has radically transformed the society and people’s daily life in China during the past several decades. Along with the rapid economic development, the burden of mental and behavior-related problems appears to be growing. China has at least 100 million people suffering from mental illness, according to the Chinese National Center for Mental Health. Mental illness has now overtaken heart disease and cancer as the biggest burden on the Chinese health system.

The UMass Psychiatry Department is committed to working closely with our China partners to find sustainable solutions to those challenges. We would welcome the opportunity to engage a wide range of stakeholders such as government agencies, business entities, non-government organizations, and private individuals in both the United States and China. Together, our China Connection Program can grow in size and impact. For those who are interested in learning more about or contributing to our program, please contact Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH by phone at +1-508-856-3881, or by email at