Professor Paul Gertler, who holds a joint appointment with the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and School of Public Health, was recognized March 7 by the Mexican National Institutes of Health for his contributions in Mexico and around the world. Gertler has spent the past 16 years studying how financial incentives can improve health care.
Gertler received the Juan Jose Bobadilla Medal for Global Health at the 15th International Congress of Research in Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Gertler was the first economist to win the annual award, which is typically given to medical professionals or epidemiologists.
"I think they're recognizing that improving public health is more than just improving medical care," Gertler said. "Much of the focus on improving health in low-income countries is focused on improving technology. But for that we need financial incentives in order to get the most out of medical technologies."