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Melissa Knox Awarded CHTF Pilot Grant

Posted: 9/12/2017 (CSDE Awards)

Affiliate Melissa Knox was recently awarded a Pilot Grant from the Center for Health Trends and Forecasts (CHTF) at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which provides funding for pilot projects of up to two years to conduct novel social science research. Knox, a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, received the award for her proposal, “Demand for preventative care services and health disparity among Mexico’s vulnerable populations in the era of universal health care”. The project will use data from the Global Burden of Disease project, Mexican health survey data, and machine learning techniques to identify the determinants of demand for the most salient forms of preventive care in Mexico. This research will investigate whether preventive care services are underutilized in Mexico, especially among vulnerable populations, and is part of Melissa’s broader research agenda examining the consequences of Mexico’s recent health care reform. CSDE director Sara Curran provided Melissa with guidance in drafting her successful grant proposal, and Melissa plans to utilize CSDE staff support and computing resources in the course of completing the project. You can read more about the pilot project awards below.

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