The Economic Evaluation Research Group (EERG) is located in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia. We provide an infrastructure to conduct economic evaluations, quantitative and qualitative analyses of health policies, chronic disease modeling, and evaluations of public health interventions and programs.

The EERG brings together a multi-disciplinary team of experts to provide the methods necessary to conduct research relevant for informing health policy making in the state and nationally.

The primary purpose of EERG at UGA is to produce four main products: economic evaluations, health policy analyses, chronic disease decision modeling, and public health program evaluations. These assessments and evaluations focus primarily on local- and state-level policies and programs to provide timely and important information for policy and other decision makers in the state of Georgia. Additionally, assessments and evaluations by EERG focus on important national policies and programs. Thus, EERG can play an important role in advocating for the improvement of population-level health at the local, state, and national levels. The secondary purpose of the EERG is to provide linkages of key faculty and staff with expertise to conduct economic evaluations, quantitative and qualitative health policy analysis, chronic disease decision modeling, and public health program evaluation for the purposes of obtaining research funding to produce scholarly outputs that will ultimately improve population-level health.

COVID-19

EERG’s Rapid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

In this project, we are 1) assessing mental health issues facing college students, and 2) evaluating the impact of an artificial …

Childhood obesity policy implementation and built environment in Georgia

Obesity has risen in the United States over the past four decades. Childhood Obesity is associated with numerous poor health outcomes, …

Community Health Promotors Program in Puerto Rico

In this project, we are conducting an economic evaluation of the Community Health Promoter (CHP) Program in Puerto Rico considering …

Pilot Study on technology-enhanced health coaching intervention for low-income patients with multiple chronic conditions

Obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes are prevalent among low-income and medically under-served populations. Despite the …

Prevalance of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children

Pregnant women are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to Rickets and other bone diseases as well as death in infancy and …

Return on Investment of Behavioral Mental Health Reform and Innovation in the State of Georgia

The researchers at EERG are assessing the cost of Behavioral Mental Health (BMH) among children and adolescents in the state of …

Using agent-based modeling to compare strategies that can reduce urban-rural disparities in cardiovascular disease

Rural populations have higher rates of mortality, prevalence, and economic burden of cardiovascular conditions compared to urban …

Cases and incidence from March to June with vulnerability index

The maps shows the following for the months of March, April, May, and June: Georgia counties’ socio-demographic and health …

159 Counties Relative to the State of Georgia

Return to previous page The maps show COVID-19 confirmed case and death rates in Georgia counties relative to the state of Georgia. The …

Socio-demographic and health vulnerability

The maps show Georgia counties’ socio-demographic and health vulnerability based on indices generated utilizing secondary data …

SHAPE Evaluation

Evaluation of a Statewide Policy Mandating School-based Fitness Assessment In an effort to combat escalating obesity rates, many states …

Disparate Burden of the Pandemic on Georgia Communities

To date, evidence on the evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic suggests the following: Adults with cardiovascular …

Georgia Relative to the US

The maps show COVID-19 confirmed case and death rates in Georgia counties relative to the US. The case and death rates are adjusted to …

Local Modeling for Hospital Preparedness

EERG member Justin Ingels assisted HPAM faculty member Grace Bagwell-Adams with two major efforts aimed at informing local leaders on …

Projects

EERG’s Current Projects

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Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

In this project, we are 1) assessing mental health issues facing college students, and 2) evaluating the impact of an artificial …

Childhood obesity policy implementation and built environment in Georgia

Obesity has risen in the United States over the past four decades. Childhood Obesity is associated with numerous poor health outcomes, …

Community Health Promotors Program in Puerto Rico

In this project, we are conducting an economic evaluation of the Community Health Promoter (CHP) Program in Puerto Rico considering …

Pilot Study on technology-enhanced health coaching intervention for low-income patients with multiple chronic conditions

Obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes are prevalent among low-income and medically under-served populations. Despite the …

Prevalance of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children

Pregnant women are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to Rickets and other bone diseases as well as death in infancy and …

Return on Investment of Behavioral Mental Health Reform and Innovation in the State of Georgia

The researchers at EERG are assessing the cost of Behavioral Mental Health (BMH) among children and adolescents in the state of …

Using agent-based modeling to compare strategies that can reduce urban-rural disparities in cardiovascular disease

Rural populations have higher rates of mortality, prevalence, and economic burden of cardiovascular conditions compared to urban …

Cases and incidence from March to June with vulnerability index

The maps shows the following for the months of March, April, May, and June: Georgia counties’ socio-demographic and health …

159 Counties Relative to the State of Georgia

Return to previous page The maps show COVID-19 confirmed case and death rates in Georgia counties relative to the state of Georgia. The …

Socio-demographic and health vulnerability

The maps show Georgia counties’ socio-demographic and health vulnerability based on indices generated utilizing secondary data …

SHAPE Evaluation

Evaluation of a Statewide Policy Mandating School-based Fitness Assessment In an effort to combat escalating obesity rates, many states …

Disparate Burden of the Pandemic on Georgia Communities

To date, evidence on the evolving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic suggests the following: Adults with cardiovascular …

Georgia Relative to the US

The maps show COVID-19 confirmed case and death rates in Georgia counties relative to the US. The case and death rates are adjusted to …

Local Modeling for Hospital Preparedness

EERG member Justin Ingels assisted HPAM faculty member Grace Bagwell-Adams with two major efforts aimed at informing local leaders on …

Group Members

Group Members

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Janani Thapa

Director

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Justin Ingels

Research Director

Affiliated Faculty

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Phaedra Corso

Vice President for Research, Kennesaw State University

Sae Rom Chung

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Donglan "Stacy" Zhang

Assistant Professor

Graduate Students

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Heejung Son

Graduate Research Assistant

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Jue Yang

Graduate Research Assistant

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Kathryn Chiang

Graduate Research Assistant, Academic Writer, Project Manager

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Kiran Thapa

Graduate Research Assistant

Alumni

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Claire Stroer

Program Manager II, Impairment Practice

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Jessica McNulty

Associate with Charlie Health

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Melanie Andrews

Evaluation Data Analyst ORISE Fellow

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Saswat Panda

Data Scientist and Market Access

Contact

  • Wright Hall, Health Sciences Campus, Athens, GA, 30602