MacART part of multidisciplinary CIHR grant for economic forecasting

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:

  1. To develop a framework that lays an analytic foundation to support implementation of cost amortization in prevention and early intervention; and
  2. 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.

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