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iHEA News - June 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
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International Health Economics Association
iHEA News is the official newsletter of the International Health Economics Association.
Please note that this newsletter only contains summaries. To access a full version PDF of this newsletter, please click here.
President's Message
Dear iHEA Members and Colleagues,
I would like to update you on various initiatives that we are developing to strengthen health economics research and education capacities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  
First, we are designing a one-on-one research advice program, targeting early-career researchers in LMICs affiliated with institutions where they have limited access to support from senior colleagues. These early-career researchers will be paired with senior researchers with mentorship experience and expertise in health policy issues relevant to the LMIC context. Together, they will develop publishable research projects, for which they will jointly identify and specify a research question, review relevant literature, develop testable hypotheses, assemble relevant data, identify and carry out appropriate analytical methods, and interpret their findings in writing. 
Second, we will be launching a webinar series aimed at providing professional resources and skill-building opportunities to researchers in LMICs. The topics these webinars cover could include identifying sources of research funding, how to write a research proposal, the sources and applications of publicly available datasets, selecting appropriate journals for publication, tailoring one's writing for a specific journal, and raising one's research profile more generally, presenting research findings, empirical research methods, and critically evaluating published research. They will be facilitated by iHEA members with relevant experience (for example, by individuals who are reviewers for major funders or serve in an editorial capacity at prominent journals in the field).
Third, we are beginning a program to support health economics curricula in LMICs, in collaboration with regional health economics associations or networks where possible. The aim of this program is to strengthen health economics teaching capacity, and the scope of its assistance may range from developing a single health economics course (or module) within an existing master's program to developing or reinvigorating an entire health economics master's program (including a number of different modules covering each key area of health economics in considerable depth), depending on the needs of the LMIC partner institutions. Our top priority is to ensure that iHEA's support is well-tailored to the local context of the participating institutions.
We will be sending out a survey in the coming weeks to gauge levels of interest and specific needs that we should consider. I strongly encourage your participation, as it will provide us with valuable information in designing these initiatives. 
We look forward to connecting and working with you!

With my very best wishes,

Winnie Yip | President, International Health Economics Association 

Adam Wagstaff Award for Outstanding Research on the Economics of Healthcare Financing and Delivery in LMICs

We are pleased to announce the establishment of an award in memory of Adam Wagstaff, proposed by his colleagues and friends and to be funded through 'Friends of Adam' crowd-funding. The iHEA Board has supported the establishment of this award, which will be hosted by iHEA and associated with the biennial iHEA congress.  The prize will be awarded to the best iHEA congress paper on the economics of healthcare financing or delivery in a LMIC/LMICs that is written and presented by a researcher from a LMIC. This award reflects Adam's lifelong commitment to improving healthcare financing and delivery and promoting equity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and its purpose is to continue this legacy. It also contributes to iHEA's efforts to promote excellence in health economics globally and its commitment to internationalization through greater inclusion of LMIC researchers.

You will find more details of the Award here, and if you would like to contribute to funding the award, you can do so here.
SIG News
Announcing the Mental Health Economics (MHE) Special Interest Group
One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives according to the World Health Organisation. At any given time roughly 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. Yet, mental health has received little attention, in particular within the study of economics. The Mental Health Economics Special Interest Group  sets out to connect researchers and encourage discussion and debate to further our collective understanding of all aspects of health economic research on mental health.
Researchers working on the health economic inquiry of mental health and mental health care gather in the SIG to discuss research on a variety of topics and methodologies including cost of illness, outcomes research, economic evaluation, budget impact analyses, econometric methods, policy analysis and health technology assessment. The aim of the SIG is to build a network of health economists worldwide to further our shared understanding of the above, leading to an expanded body of research on the causes and consequences of poor mental health as well as that of the mental health care system. We propose to do so by providing a broad set of opportunities for SIG members to actively engage and collaborate with others in the field.
Conveners: Panka Bencsik, Hareth Al-Janabi, John Cullinan, Giulia Greco, Sonja de New (née Kassenboehmer), Christoph Kronenberg, Long Le, Claire de Oliveira, Irina Pokhilenko,  Jemimah Ride
Membership is open to all iHEA members (regardless of career stage) who are interested in mental health economics/mental health care. Membership can be requested by logging into the iHEA website, selecting the "groups" section and clicking "request to join" the Mental Health Economics Special Interest Group (MHE SIG). Membership of researchers working in middle- and low-income countries is strongly encouraged as well as of trainees and early career researchers.

To learn more about the SIG and its conveners, click here.
Upcoming Webinars
Friday, July 17, 2020
eveloping Strategies for Effective and Efficient Immunization Against COVID-19
9:00 AM ET - check your timezone online here
Speakers: Anuradha Gupta; Prof. Prashant Yadav; Dr. Anthony Kinghorn; Dr. Awad Mataria; Prof. William Padula
Past Webinars
iHEA held a number of webinars over the past few months, some of which were also simultaneously translated from English to French and are available to view in both languages on the iHEA website. We encourage everyone to watch the recordings of our past webinars!
Career Center 
The iHEA Career Center allows you to post your job openings and fellowships, find potential candidates and search new positions. It is open to members and non-members alike. You are able to search by Keyword, Country, Organization, Job category and more. We encourage everyone to click here to view this wonderful resource. We do hope that you utilize this tool and should you have any questions, please reach out to

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