Welcome to the website for the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Within this site you will learn about our current research and Buehler's unique niche within Northwestern University.
The Buehler Center on Aging, originally founded in 1983, underwent changes in leadership, focus and function this past year. The center was rebooted and its focus expanded to include health policy and economics.
Over the past year, I have reviewed health economic and policy centers and institutes nationally and met with Northwestern faculty to identify stakeholders. These meetings were followed up with a Buehler Center faculty survey and a retreat to align stakeholder needs with research solutions. The Buehler Center serves a unique role by providing economic and health policy expertise to non-economists. More specifically, there are many brilliant public health and biomedical scientists investigating a broad range of health and medical issues who have economic and policy questions they need to answer but don’t have the health policy and economic experience. That’s where the Buehler Center comes in.
We bring expertise to research teams to make them successful. Center membership already exceeds 80 faculty. We help to foster high-quality, policy-relevant economic research and disseminate it widely to decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Drawing together the expertise of its research fellows and affiliates, the Buehler Center initiates, finds funding and coordinates research activities, communicating the results quickly and effectively to decision-makers around the world. Beginning Fall 2019, the center will hold a monthly Research Clinic for Northwestern faculty to work on their studies, aims and hypotheses with Buehler Center policy, economics, evaluation and methods experts.
The Buehler Center is a distributed network of economists and policy experts who are affiliated with but not employed by the center and who collaborate on a wide range of policy-related research projects and dissemination activities. As director, I am part of a multi-university consortium of economists and policy experts who are funded by USAID to address adverse health outcomes resulting from food insecurity. A Northwestern affiliate wanted to look at the economic drivers of the opioid crisis and the large rural burden counties are experiencing due to opioid-related deaths. What do agricultural economists know about opioids? Not a lot, but this productive collaborative brought various skills to the table that resulted in two high-impact journal articles and a research proposal to USDA to study the effects of the opioid outbreak on rural economies. The Buehler Center, along with two agricultural economists from University of Florida and a rural injury epidemiologist from University of Iowa, are investigating how the opioid epidemic is linked to rural economies.
Finally, the Buehler Center provides services for its network of scientists. As we are within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), we provide research development support, grant application support and grants management. And, when your research is finished, we can help with the dissemination of research results to the private sector as well as the research and policy communities.
Thank you for your interest in our work. Please contact us with your questions and comments.