Welcome to Incremental Thoughts, the CHOICE students’ blog

choice-who-we-are-16x9aColleagues and friends,

Welcome to our new blog! The graduate students of the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute at the University of Washington are excited to share our experience as students in health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) with you and to learn from your experiences in return.

This project came about from a meeting of our student chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), when we thought through ways to network more with other students and to find ways to engage with the conversations around HEOR taking place online. Blogs and Twitter have made the field’s luminaries easier than ever to contact, but at the meeting it emerged that many of us felt like opportunities for students to voice their unique perspective were lacking.

Thus, this blog. We’ll be featuring a broad range of articles here: upcoming research from our students, advice from our faculty for early career professionals in the field, and tips and tutorials on both established and newer methods.

Our blog is a collaborative effort, and we have many people to thank. We’re able to pay for this thanks to a grant from the ISPOR student network. And of course, the support of our professors has been essential — in particular, our senior editors Beth Devine and Ryan Hansen.

We’d love to have you along for this experiment!

Your editors,

Elizabeth Brouwer

Nathaniel Hendrix

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Elizabeth Brouwer

My name is Elizabeth “Lizzy” Brouwer and I am motivated by the enormous potential of health economics and policy to change lives. Resources are finite, and millions of lives depend on whether spending is guided by evidence. I am working toward a PhD in Health Economics and Outcomes Research at the CHOICE Institute in the University of Washington, with a foot in both domestic and global sectors of health policy. My research interests center around using value-based frameworks, economic evaluation, health technology assessment, and econometric analysis to inform the prioritization of health spending.