From July 13-17, 2019, leadership, faculty, and students from the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit attended the 2019 International Health Economics Association (iHEA) congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Titled “New Heights in Health Economics,” the 13th World Congress on Health Economics welcomed public health researchers and practitioners from around the world to share findings and collaborate in order to advance the field of health economics.

On Monday, July 15, JH-IIRU Director Dr. Abdul Bachani presented on new findings highlighting the critical role that access to appropriate rehabilitation services has in improving both functioning and resumption of work post-injury. Dr. Bachani and students Rantimi Adetunji and Niloufer Taber, along with international partners Cuong Pham (Hanoi University of Public Health) and Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Yusoff (Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia) contributed to the research.

“Ensuring access to appropriate and effective rehabilitation services is fundamental to improving functioning post-injury and enabling individuals resume life and work activities,” said Dr. Bachani. “By applying health systems and behavioral economics research methods, we can enhance our understanding on how to better integrate rehabilitation services into health systems and thereby reduce the health, economic, and societal impact of injuries.”

Assistant Scientist Andres Vecino-Ortiz was also on hand to share his recent work in health economics and chair related presentations in the field.

The next congress, a biennial event, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 24-28, 2021.