Annual GHECon Colloquium Addresses Economics of Health in Vulnerable Populations

Identifying the health needs of vulnerable populations and developing cost-effective and scalable interventions to improve the health of socially and economically disadvantaged people remains a challenge, both here in the US and in low- and middle-income countries around the globe.

The fifth annual Global Health Economics Colloquium on the theme of “The Economics of Health in Vulnerable Populations, at Home and Abroad” addresses these issues, bringing together experts, policy makers, researchers and trainees to discuss recent developments in the economics of health in vulnerable populations.

Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9, 8:00 am to 5 pm, at UCSF Mission Bay, the colloquium will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, vice dean for population health and health equity in the UCSF School of Medicine and former chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, and Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and senior associate dean at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“The colloquium offers a rare opportunity to hear from experts from a range of disciplines dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable populations,” said Jim Kahn, one of the event’s founders.

The discussions for the day will shed light on a range of important questions, according to Dr Dhruv Kazi, who co-organized the event. “How do we quantify vulnerability in today’s world? How do we measure the economic impact of interventions designed to improve health? Should we invest in broad-based policy interventions or those specifically targeted at vulnerable populations?”

Tickets for the event are $20 for trainees, $60 for faculty and staff, and $90 for private sector attendees. To purchase tickets, visit

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About the Global Health Economics Consortium

The Global Health Economics Consortium (GHECon) brings together UCSF health economists and colleagues at UC Berkeley and Stanford to support the capacity of national and local jurisdictions to design and deliver efficient, high-quality preventive and treatment health services. GHECon employs a portfolio of health economics methods to:

  • Characterize the effectiveness and cost of available interventions
  • Design and evaluate interventions based on the principles of behavioral economics
  • Support program decisions that advance the efficient allocation of available health resources within the context of local capacity, priorities and values
  • Provide guidance on financing and health workforce
  • Identify and foster the use of best implementation practices
  • Develop and promote improved economic methods

The Economics of Health in Vulnerable Populations at Home and Abroad
Friday, Feb. 9, 8:00 am to 5 pm
Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall
UCSF Mission Bay