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Call for Proposals to Establish a Special Interest Group

Wednesday, September 13, 2017   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Nicole Cork

iHEA is calling for proposals to establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that would provide a platform for professional interaction between iHEA members.These may focus on specific health economics research issues, methodological approaches and/or capacity development initiatives. They may also have a geographic focus, e.g. the economics of NCDs in Africa, including researchers working on this issue but based in a wide range of countries; or researchers based in a particular country or region. We particularly encourage proposal(s) to establish a student and/or early career researcher special interest group(s). Organizing and participating in collegial activity related to a topic of common interest offers tremendous professional growth opportunities and intellectual rewards.

SIGs approved by the iHEA Board will be offered:

  • A page on the iHEA website to advertise SIG activities to all;
  • A moderated blog or discussion list for iHEA members who join the SIG (summarized updates would be available to anyone interested);
  • Support in communicating via the iHEA mailing lists and social media channels;
  • Support for webinars for iHEA members; and
  • A special organized session at the biennial iHEA congress, after review via the Scientific Committee process.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Proposed name of the SIG;
  • Background: Explain the focus of the proposed SIG, why the area of focus is of particular importance and why it is likely to be of interest to iHEA members;
  • Aim and objectives of the proposed SIG;
  • Proposed activities of the SIG;
  • List of iHEA members willing to contribute to SIG activities: A basic requirement for consideration of an SIG proposal is at least 10 iHEA members expressing a willingness to participate in the SIG, preferably from different regions with at least some from high-income countries and some from low- and middle-income countries; and
  • Names and brief biographies of proposed convener(s) of SIG who would take responsibility for developing the program of work and its implementation.
Proposals to establish SIGs can be submitted to at any stage, and the iHEA Board will consider proposals at regular intervals and at least every six months. If you would like to discuss your ideas for an SIG proposal, please contact the Executive Director ( Rolling review and consultation on proposals starts today. For those who are eager to get started, proposals will be reviewed in October if they are received by October 4th.


Naomi K. Gibbs says...
Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Hello, I can not see what special interest groups exist already? I am interested in creating one in economic modelling of public health interventions in LMIC but there may be one that already exists that I can join? Many thanks, Naomi Gibbs
Pavitra Paul says...
Posted Thursday, October 12, 2017
Hello, Would you be interested to create a group for measuring health systems' efficiency? We can discuss in details further. Regards Pavitra [].

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