The Center for Health Economics Research (CHER) was established by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in response to the pressing need for research on health, health care, and health insurance. The Center brings together researchers across the campus and the state with interests in any area of health and health care which can be informed by economics or with implications for economic outcomes.

CHER researchers have a diverse set of interests and expertise, ranging from health insurance and health care cost growth to competition in health care markets to health-related quality of life. The Center also plays a local role in linking IUPUI to the community through shared interests in health care and research partnerships in collaboration with medical, business and government entities. In addition, CHER is linked to and supportive of the Economics Ph.D. program with a specialization in Health Economics.

NEWS: On Friday, April 27, the Center for Health Economics Research cohosted a networking event for over 50 health economists and health services researchers across IUPUI, IUB, and Ball State University. Participants came from more than 11 different Schools across IU campuses as well as the Regenstrief Institute, Ball State University, and other Centers and Institutes within IU. For most of the morning researchers networked in breakout sessions organized around 10 research topics of interest to the group such as substance addiction and children’s health. Dean Robin Newhouse of the IU School of Nursing also spoke to the group about opportunities through the IU Addictions Grand Challenge and Dr. Paul Biondich of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and IU School of Medicine presented on the Precision Health Grand Challenge. In a post-event survey, respondents were unanimously in favor of our hosting a similar event next year. CHER Director, Anne Beeson Royalty said “I look forward to continuing to organize this type of event as a part of our goal to bring together researchers across the campus and the state.” The event was cohosted by Professor Kosali Simon, Herman B Wells Endowed Professor at the IUB School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Associate Professor Joshua Vest, Director for the Center for Health Policy at the Fairbanks School of Public Health.