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CHDS Seminar with Dr. Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert: When Cost-Effectiveness Analyses Won’t Do: Decision-Analytics for Rapid Pandemic Response
February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Abstract: Since early 2020, we have worked with health decision makers for the California state prison system. We provide analyses regarding COVID-19 decisions impacting more than 100,000 incarcerated people, more than 40,000 staff, and Californian communities. We analyze person-day-level data on sociodemographics/health, housing, testing, and vaccination, developing microsimulations and network models. While we quantify trade-offs, reflect uncertainty, and conduct scenario analyses, we have not performed comparative effectiveness analyses (CEA)s. This talk describes decision-analytic approaches for rapid pandemic response and highlights methodological challenges that pandemics pose for traditional CEA modeling.
Bio: Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert is a Professor of Health Policy at Stanford. His research focuses on complex policy decisions regarding chronic diseases and the life course impact of exposure to their risk factors. He has worked on type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, human papillomavirus (HPV)/cervical cancer, tuberculosis, and hepatitis-C (HCV) and on risk factors including smoking, obesity, and malnutrition. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has co-led the SC-Cosmo Consortium which works directly with government decision makers engaged in pandemic response.