IHME faculty and researchers will present at the 11th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA) in Milan, Italy, from July 12 to July 15. This year’s conference theme is “De Gustibus Disputandum Non Est! Health Economics and Nutrition,” explicitly focusing on the intersection between public health, nutrition needs, and the production and costs of health services.

Results from a number of IHME research projects are featured at this year’s iHEA conference, including the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCPN), the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative (SM2015), and Disease Expenditure (DEX). Presentations by IHME researchers are as follows, grouped by conference panels:

Child and Maternal Care

  • “Exploring the relationship between wealth inequality and progress on reducing child and maternal mortality” by Emmanuela Gakidou

Child Nutrition and Health in Mesoamerica 

  • “Integrated approaches for immunization and child health care in Mesoamerica” by Emily Dansereau
  • “Growth and nutrition outcomes in Mesoamerica” by Emmanuela Gakidou
  • “Socioeconomic gradients in service utilization among the poorest wealth quintile: Cross-country evidence along the continuum of nutritional care” by Bernardo Hernandez

Economic Burden of Preventable Illness

  • “Estimating the cost-effectiveness of hypertension interventions in Kenya: pilot testing of a generic microsimulation model to simulate intervention packages for all countries analyzed under the Global Burden of Disease study” by Hideki Higashi

Dealing with HIV

  • “Quality, efficiency, and cost: Is there a trade-off in the provision of antiretroviral therapy?” by Herbert Duber

Efficiency in Health Care

  • “Challenges in the interpretation of technical efficiency findings for public sector health facilities across three states of India” by Lalit Dandona

International Trends and Patterns in Disease-specific Health Expenditure

  • “Decomposition of increases of US health expenditure, 2000-2010” by Joe Dieleman

Measuring Hospital Efficiency

  • “Measuring hospital efficiency in low-income countries: applying novel techniques based on a multi-country dataset” by Laura di Giorgio

Methodological Approaches to Measuring Disease Expenditure and Unmet Health Care Need

  • “Estimating health expenditure by disease and injury, type of care, age, and sex, for the United States, 1996-2012” by Joe Dieleman

Modeling & Methodology

  • “Feasibility of using alternative information sources for restricting DEA weighting” by Christopher Murray

Results-based Financing to Reduce Disparities in Maternal and Child Health in Mesoamerica

  • “Inequalities in health outcomes and expenditure in Central America” by Ali Mokdad
  • “Supply-side factors affecting maternal and child health” by Erin Palmisano

Utilization in Developing Regions

  • “Quality and efficiency of health care delivery in low- and middle income settings: how precise and accurate a quality adjustment is necessary? Evidence from Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia” by Laura Di Giorgio

Utilization of Primary Care

  • “The primary health care system in Nigeria: what drives consumer choice?” by Roy Burstein

What Causes Obesity?

  • “Association between wealth, education, and obesity in women: evidence from 70 Demographic and Health Surveys in 45 low- and middle-income countries” by Tiago Cravo Oliviera