Online Program

Academic-practice partnerships for conducting economic analyses

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

J. Mac McCullough, PhD, MPH, School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Public health professionals understand the importance of having high-quality evidence of a program’s impact on population health. In addition, many times we are asked to provide evidence of a program’s impact on financial or economic outcomes. Many in the public health workforce have training in (or are familiar partnering with) specialists in, program evaluation. Far fewer in the workforce have specialized training in economic evaluations of public health programs and policies. Partnering with an economist to perform such analyses is an increasingly common strategy that leverages the relevance and impact of applied public health practice with the methodological expertise of an academic.

Yet these partnerships face a range of challenges. It can be difficult to tie-in to existing academic capacity in many communities. Aligning the scope, timeline, and deliverables of an economic analysis with the needs of both practitioners and academics can be especially challenging. Funding and sustaining these partnerships can require both creativity and luck.

This presentation draws on the presenter’s experience as a tenure-track faculty member at a large research university concurrently working as health economist at a large local health department. Aimed at public health professionals, the presentation outlines: common motivations for health departments interested in engaging an economist, challenges in recruiting an economist (and solutions for under-funded departments), how to prioritize projects for mutual benefit, and lessons learned from a first-in-the-nation health economist position spanning a university and local health department.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Biostatistics, economics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify potential avenues for conducting successful collaborations between economists and public health workforce Evaluate potential topic areas where such collaborations may be beneficial

Keyword(s): Partnerships, Economic Analysis

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I currently serve as Assistant Professor in a large research university and as Health Economist at a large county health department. These positions afford me unique perspective on each stakeholder group's needs, perspectives, and incentives.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.