An Econ-Aid, or economic assistance, is a mechanism that allows a PE Fellow to provide economic data analytic support to partner organizations. PE Fellows—CDC’s data detectives. Econ-Aid assignments support partner organization priorities, but may also support CDC-wide emergency response or strategic initiatives.
Econ-Aids are typically three weeks long.
Econ-Aids can provide:
- Access to a wide range of quantitative analyses focusing mostly on economics and policy issues
- Research that helps policymakers, Congress, and other government agencies make informed decisions about health promotion and disease prevention programs
- Critical prevention effectiveness training and/or capacity building to partner or client organizations or individuals
- Solutions to address urgent public health problems requiring predominantly economics or quantitative policy analytic methodologies
The following organizations may request an Econ-Aid:
- CDC/ATSDR and other federal agencies
- State and local health departments and public health agencies
- Non-profit public health organizations
While on Econ-Aid assignments, PE Fellows provide health economics and quantitative policy analysis relative to an urgent public health need. Some examples are in the list below.
- Performing cost analyses of public health responses, community mitigation guidelines, interventions, treatments, etc.
- Determining the cost-benefit, cost-effectiveness, comparative effectiveness, or cost-utility of a public health intervention or program
- Performing economic or policy modeling, such as sensitivity analysis, decision and probabilistic modeling, or simulation models
- Calculating the burden of illness, identifying spending/financing trends, determining the impacts of regulation, identifying workforce issues, quantifying the potential or realized impact of health policies on specific populations or organizations of interest; understanding the policy mechanisms (e.g., tax, regulation, incentive systems, behavioral) that are critical to a public health response; and describing the macro or micro economic implications of health policy issues through the application of a standard policy analytic process
For more information or to request an Econ-Aid, contact PEF@cdc.gov.