Publishing and Funding Research on Public Health Economics

For fellow travelers in public health economics, this post provides a quick update on resources for publishing and funding research on these topics. First, the publishing frontier: I am guest-editing an upcoming supplemental issue of the American Journal of Public Health devoted to the topic of advances in public health services and systems research (PHSSR). This issue is being developed with support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are especially interested in studies examining health and economic consequences of organizational strategies, funding mechanisms, workforce models, policy/legal approaches, and health IT applications deployed in public health settings. The extended deadline for submitting manuscripts is May 15, 2014, and more information is available here.

Next, the funding frontier: I have recently added a page to this blog that highlights research funding opportunities relevant to public health economics. This page is far from a comprehensive inventory at this stage, but I will be building it over time as I have time.

Speaking of research funding, for those who may have missed it, an interesting item was included in the President’s FY2015 budget request submitted to Congress earlier this month. A $5 million request for public health systems research at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was included in the HHS budget request, as authorize by Section 4301 of the ACA. As the request explains: “CDC will undertake research that seeks to identify the economic and budgetary impacts of public health interventions; expand data on health care utilization and effectiveness; and inform how public health should evolve and public health and health care should collaborate as the health care delivery system transforms.” This blog will keep track of any research findings that flow from this federal initiative, should it be implemented.

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