MacART is pleased to announce it is collaborating with CHEPA – the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis – on a newly-awarded operating grant.
The one-year $265,000 Operating Grant is for economic forecasting, part of a joint initiative of the CIHR and the J.W. McConnell Foundation that will see CIHR contribute $175,000 and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation contribute $90,000.
The research project, Investing in primary and secondary prevention: Economic forecasting to inform policies regarding amortization of program costs, has two goals:
- To develop a framework that lays an analytic foundation to support implementation of cost amortization in prevention and early intervention; and
- To conduct four economic forecasting simulations that illustrate the analytic framework in action in the areas identified by CIHR in the call for proposals.
The four simulations are:
- an early psychosis intervention program (mental health);
- an integrated autism program based on intensive behavioural interventions and applied behaviour analysis (child and youth health);
- a diabetes prevention program that integrates diet, weight loss and physical activity (food security with a focus on nutrition and diabetes);
- and a family-nurse partnership program targeted at low-income, first-time mothers to improve outcomes for both the child and the family (intergenerational trauma).
MacART co-director Stelios Georgiades is part of this multidisciplinary team, as the autism expert. The research will be co-led by Jeremiah Hurley, Dean of McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of CHEPA, and CHEPA Director Jean-Eric Tarride.
For more information, please see http://chepa.org/news/2018/03/06/multidisciplinary-chepa-led-team-awarded-cihr-grant-for-economic-forecasting.