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7th Biennial Conference of the
American Society of Health Economists

June 10 – June 13, 2018

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Sep 13 16

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions, Arnold School of Public Health

by sinan

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions at the Assistant or Associate Rank

The Department of Health Services Policy and Management (HSPM) in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina seeks qualified candidates for two tenure-track assistant or associate professor positions with focus areas related to health care management and administration, information systems, health care financing and health policy.

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Sep 13 16

Vacancies at the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR), National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

by charmaine

This is a pre-announcement of vacancies which will be posted on www.usajobs.gov, and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered. Candidates must be US Citizens. All inquiries will remain confidential.

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Sep 6 16

News from the Executive Director

by sinan
Anthony LoSasso

Wow, summer’s over and the new semester has begun, but I’m still inspired from the wildly successful 6th Biennial ASHEcon Conference back in June! With over 1000 attendees and the best science on display, it was a conference to remember. Many thanks to our friends at Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics for all of their hard work. And the input of our members has given us a lot to think about as we continue to plan to our future meetings, including the next one (mark your calendars): June 10-13, 2018 at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. I welcome any suggestions or volunteers for the planning effort! Just email me.

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Sep 6 16

Economic Causes of Obesity: A Brief Commentary on the State of the Literature

by sinan
Charles Courtemanche

Charles Courtemanche
Department of Economics, Georgia State University

The obesity rates for both adults and children have approximately tripled over the past half century, reaching “epidemic” proportions of 35% and 17%, respectively (Ogden et al., 2014; Fryar et al., 2012). Obesity is a natural subject for economic investigation because it is the result of behaviors that can be influenced by incentives. Over the past two decades, numerous researchers have attempted to identify the specific changes in incentives that explain the rise in obesity. The literature has made substantial progress toward identifying the underlying causes of the obesity epidemic, but much remains to be learned about which policies can reverse the trend and also the welfare implications of such policies.

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Sep 6 16

AJHE NewsBrief: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Childhood Obesity in the U.S.: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997

by sinan
Maoyong Fan and Yanhong Jin

Maoyong Fan, Ball State University
Yanhong Jin, Rutgers University

American Journal of Health Economics 1(4): 432-460, 2015

In the United States, children living below the federal poverty line have much higher obesity rates than the national average – 12.5% vs. 10.7% for preschoolers aged 2-5, 21.5% vs. 17.4% for children aged 6-11, and 23.1% vs. 17.9% for adolescents aged 12-19 (USDHH 2010). The largest federal food/nutrition program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides food assistance for low-income households and more than half of its participants are children and adolescents. Because of the higher prevalence of obesity in SNAP child participants than in their counterparts, the SNAP is suspected to have contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic by encouraging consumers to consume high caloric foods1. The task force on childhood obesity established by President Obama in 2010 recommends invigoration of the three largest federal food/nutrition programs, specifically, the SNAP, the School Breakfast Program, and the National School Lunch Program, in the campaign against obesity because they reach millions of children in low-income households (Barnes, 2011). In our recent article in the American Journal of Health Economics, “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Childhood Obesity in the U.S.: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997”, we examine whether the SNAP has contributed to childhood obesity among low-income children.

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Sep 6 16

State Health Practice Database for Research

by sinan
Daniel Weinberg

Daniel Weinberg
IMPAQ International, LLC

The NIH Common Fund Health Economics Program (NCFHEP) is announcing the launch of the State Health Practice Database for Research (SHPDR). The NCFHEP aims to support theoretical and applied research to understand how innovations in treatments, diagnoses, and prevention strategies can be most effectively deployed to improve health and well-being. Based on the recommendation of a stakeholder meeting that led to the launch of the NCFHEP, an NIH organized Health Economics Workgroup identified a gap in the data available for health economics research: there is currently no integrated database on state health practices with statistically analyzable variables that facilitates research across states and over time. While a number of organizations are tracking state health practices, each is collecting and assembling data relevant to its unique mission and not necessarily in a form that lends itself to quantitative analysis by health economists.

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Sep 6 16

Data on Provider Market Structure: The MHQP Master Provider Database

by sinan
Meredith Rosenthal

Meredith Rosenthal
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) is a nationally recognized, non-profit coalition of physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers, patient and public representatives, academics, and government agencies. MHQP’s mission is to drive measureable improvement in health care quality, patients’ experiences of care, and use of resources in Massachusetts through patient and public engagement and broad-based collaboration among health care stakeholders, including physicians, hospitals, health plans, purchasers, patient and public advocates, government agencies and academics.

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Aug 4 16

Tenure Track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

by charmaine

Position #P100007806 FY 18

The University of Miami is accepting applications for a tenure track faculty position within the Department of Health Sector Management and Policy (HSMP) at the School of Business Administration.

The University of Miami is a Carnegie comprehensive doctoral and medical degree granting research university of approximately 15,500 students and 13,400 faculty and staff involved in teaching, research and service. The University’s main campus in suburban Coral Gables is home to two colleges and seven schools located on a 230-acre tract.

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Aug 4 16

2016 PAN Challenge

by charmaine

The PAN Challenge is an initiative of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation in collaboration with The American Journal of Managed Care. Entitled “Beyond Charitable Assistance: Sustainable Strategies for Providing Access to Critical Medications,” the Challenge seeks abstracts/papers that propose ways to reduce or eliminate barrier and disparities that Medicare and ACA enrollees face in obtaining medications to treat life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases.

Abstracts are due October 30th, and papers are due December 31st.

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Jun 5 16

News from the Executive Director

by sinan
Anthony LoSasso

We’re incredibly excited about the 6th Biennial Conference at Penn coming up in a matter of days! ASHEcon and our amazing colleagues at Penn have been working incredibly hard to put together a conference that will be as enjoyable as it is intellectually stimulating. For up to the minute details on the program, download our new app in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store today – it’s free! All the details about the conference are available at the conference website: ldi.upenn.edu/ashecon2016. And remember to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #ASHEcon16!

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