One of the things you can do with health data is compare neighbors, and it adds an extra dimension if there has been a history of conflict between countries. Iraq and Iran. Pakistan and India. North Korea and South Korea. Often the more economically successful of the two countries also is the country with better health outcomes. That’s why I was surprised recently to see how well Armenia does compared to Turkey in a number of measures.
William Heisel is the Director of Global Engagement at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). In this role, Heisel is responsible for IHME’s outreach and relationship building, including media relations, digital communications, data library services, events and marketing, publications, scientific communications, and external relations, including government engagements and policy translation. He also manages the organization’s fundraising efforts and helps lead internal community-building initiatives.
As Director of Global Engagement, he oversees communications and coordination with the growing Global Burden of Disease collaborative network, currently at more than 1,700 researchers in more than 120 countries.
In addition, his team administers the Roux Prize, one of global health’s highest honors.
Heisel, who joined IHME in 2009, has a BA in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Montana. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times.
IHME was established at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. Its mission is to improve health through better health evidence.
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As discussed in this post, SJN and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation have teamed up to provide all of you with global health insights, based on Global Burden of Disease data. Here’s the first one, written by William Heisel, Director of Communications at IHME.