The establishment of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are forums for professional interaction between iHEA members with common interests, was initiated in late 2017. These are member-driven groups, 'by members, for members'.
The Economics of Obesity was the first SIG to be established - we encourage you to visit their webpage. An update on their initial activities is provided in this newsletter.
At the first Board meeting on January 31st, a further four SIGs were approved:
Teaching Health Economics SIG
- Support the development of a curated repository of health economics training material that is regularly updated and accessible on an iHEA webpage;
- Provide a platform for engagement between health economics educators; and
- Host pre-congress and organized sessions at iHEA congresses, and possibly also at the biennial conferences of regional health economics associations in collaboration with these associations.
- Heather Brown
- Allen Goodman
- Di McIntyre
- Maia Platt
- Elizabeth Seidler
Financing for Universal Health Coverage in Low- and Middle-Income Countries SIG
- Foster collaboration and knowledge exchange between health economists specializing in health financing in LMICs;
- Strengthen the analytical capacity for financing research - especially amongst early-mid career researchers and women in LMICs;
- Pioneer new methods for conducting equity-focused evaluations of health financing reforms and systems; and
- Share educational resources and materials.
- Virginia Wiseman
- Hasbullah Thabrany
- Josephine Borghi
- Edwine Barasa
Economics of Palliative and End-of-Life Care SIG
- Discuss the current state of economics research in palliative and end-of-life care through a working paper.
- Identify knowledge gaps in the economics of palliative and end-of-life care.
- Set an initial proposed agenda for future research.
- Connect researchers interested in health economics and palliative and end-of-life care to exchange experience, share research outputs, and collaborate on research projects, grant proposals, and other activities.
- Nikki McCaffrey
- Peter May
Health Preference Research SIG
- To foster and support an international community of researchers whose activities support health preference research (HPR);
- To ensure access to the accumulated research expertise of IAHPR (International Academy of Health Preference Research) members and to actively promote the transfer of knowledge, evidence, and technologies regarding the use, analysis, and interpretation of health preference research; and
- To support promising early-career researchers in the field of health preference research through involvement in SIG activities.
- To provide a visible platform to encourage cross-specialty learning and an encouraging environment to share learnings from non-health preference research into HPR.
- Fern Terris-Prestholt
- Matthew Quaife
- Alec Miners
More information on each of these SIGs will be posted on the iHEA website in the near future. iHEA members are encouraged to join SIGs that are of interest to them – signing up for SIGs will be facilitated via the SocialLink networking app that will be launched later this month.
The iHEA Board will consider applications to establish new SIGs on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in setting up a SIG and would like to gauge the interest among iHEA members, or want to identify other iHEA members interested in a new field of research, submit a brief note to email@example.com to include in our SIG section of the newsletter, such as the one below.
Health Economics and Planetary Health
“Planetary health” is an emerging field concerned with the intimate linkage between the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which we depend. In the academy, it represents a major opportunity for multi-disciplinary research (across fields as diverse as public health, crop science, ecology, veterinary medicine and meteorology) to support and develop evidence-based policies to promote human health and prosperity, while preserving the environment which allows us to thrive.
If you are not familiar with it already, here a few links that are a good introduction to planetary health:
And the upcoming second Planetary Health conference (May 29-31, Edinburgh):
Health economics has a great deal to offer to planetary health research – but it will also be increasingly important for health economists to understand sustainability, and to engage with the many challenges to human health and health care systems in the Anthropocene era. If you are interested in getting some thinking going on how to ensure health economics has a voice and makes a contribution in the field of planetary health and the ecological sustainability of health and health care systems, please get in touch with me via email: Martin.Hensher@utas.edu.au.