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Center for Health Evaluation and Economic Research (CHEER) is dedicated to:

  • Conducting high quality analysis by applying the latest developments in health services research and health economics;
  • Using the outcomes from our work to help develop health policies and improve decision making at the local and state level;
  • Providing informed commentary to the community debate on health policy relevant to our communities;
  • Enhancing the level of analysis in the region through our training and educational programs; and
  • Disseminating and translating the work to the communities and policy makers.
  • CHEER CA focuses on the challenges facing communities in rural and medically underserved areas, including those due to physician shortages, lack of access to healthcare, and the prevention of chronic diseases. The team is based in the Health Sciences Research Institute at the University of California at Merced.

  • CHEER CO has an expertise in Pharmacoeconomics and focuses on health technology assessment for new medications, procedures and devices. The team is based in the National University of Colombia in Bogota, Colombia.

  • CHEER NZ focuses on cost effectiveness analysis for behavioral and clinical trials, especially around rehabilitation after injury or illness. The team is based in the Auckland University of Technology.

Types of questions that CHEER can help answer:

  • What are the met and unmet health needs of our population?

  • How much does it cost us to deliver our healthcare services?

  • What is the least expensive way to provide healthcare services?

  • Are our current services effective in meeting the needs of the population?

  • Are our services cost effective in meeting the needs of the population?

  • Do our services represent a good Return on Investment?

CHEER can provide:

  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluations
  • Needs assessments
  • Barriers to accessing healthcare services
  • Health disparities and inequities
  • Cost analysis, including: 
  • Budget impact assessment
  • Return on investment
  • Cost of illness studies
  • Cost effectiveness studies

Cheer Uses:

  • Quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies
  • Analysis of secondary data (such as state hospital or survey data)
  • Original surveys and data collection (including discrete choice and healthcare usage)
  • Cost effective modeling (including Markov and decision tree analysis)
  • Resource based costing approaches
  • Health technology assessment of new interventions, pharmaceuticals, and devices.
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