Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research

The ISPOR Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) initiative is open to all ISPOR members who have an interest in the advancement of women in the field—both women and men. Much research has demonstrated that diversity is a business/performance issue not a women’s issue. This initiative seeks to foster diversity in HEOR—with the knowledge that diversity in the field will result in better research and better healthcare decisions.

Women in HEOR Session at ISPOR 2018

Upcoming Women in HEOR Events

Adapting to the "New Normal"

Virtual ISPOR Europe 2020  |  Women in HEOR Session: Adapting to the 'New Normal'
Now On Demand Through 31 December 2020 [Tuesday, 17 November 2020  |  15:00-16:00 (CET)]

As the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact stretches on, how does one learn to thrive and advance their careers in this “new normal?” This panel of highly successful women in HEOR from a diverse array of geographies, work sectors, and career stages will share how they have adapted to the virtual work environment. Session panelists include: [Session Host] Julia F. Slejko, PhD; University of Maryland; Baltimore, MD, USA; [Moderator] Olivia Wu, PhD; University of Glasgow; Glasgow, Scotland, UK; [Panelists] Blythe Adamson, PhD, MPH; Flatiron Health; New York, NY, USA; Nancy J. Devlin, PhD; University of Melbourne; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Ebere Onukwugha, PhD; University of Maryland; Baltimore, MD, USA; and Louise Timlin, MSc; Eli Lilly and Company; Windlesham, Surrey, UK.

The session is available on demand for Virtual ISPOR Europe 2020 registrants through 31 December 2020. Registration for the conference is open through that time period. ISPOR's Value & Outcomes Spotlight HEOR magazine features an article on the session in their "Spotlight on Virtual ISPOR Europe 2020" special supplement, "Women in HEOR: Adapting to the 'New Normal.'"  

Virtual ISPOR Europe 2020

The Vision

The vision for ISPOR’s Women in HEOR initiative is to:
  • Support the growth, development, and contribution of women in HEOR
  • Serve as a catalyst for women’s leadership in the field
  • Offer a platform for ISPOR women to collaborate, network, share, and mentor each other

Women in HEOR conducted and analyzed a survey of the ISPOR membership in November 2018. The results of that survey can be found here.


The Evidence

Considerable research shows that diverse teams and organizations significantly outperform those without diversity. For example, a report by McKinsey & Company showed that:

  • Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have financial returns that were above their national industry median1

The data also show that women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are underrepresented.

  • Averaged across regions, women accounted for less than a third (28.8%) of those employed in scientific research and development around the world in 20142

Additionally, research indicates that women in STEM earn less compared to men.

  • In the United States, women in computer, engineering, and science occupations were paid an estimated 83% of men’s annual median earnings in 2013.3


How to Get Involved

Join the Women in HEOR LinkedIn Discussion Group

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Attend Women in HEOR Events at the ISPOR Annual and ISPOR Europe Conferences

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Complete the Volunteer Interest Form

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For additional information on the Women in HEOR initiative, please contact us.


1 “Diversity Matters” report; McKinsey & Company.
2 “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008)”; Catalyst; UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UIS Fact Sheet: Women in Science (2017): p. 2.
3 From “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008); Catalyst. US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (2013).
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