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

The Vision

ISPOR's Women in HEOR...

...initiative's vision 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.



Session Now Available on Demand: Women in HEOR at ISPOR 2022

"Strengthening Communication Practices" with Keynote Speaker Sheila Cort of Taft ClearPoint

Learn how to strengthen your communication and presentation skills, your executive presence, and discover tips for daily communications success. The session's keynote speaker will be Sheila Cort, Senior Director & Coach and Head of Taft ClearPoint at Taft Communications and hosted by Julia F. Slejko, PhD co-lead of ISPOR’s Women in HEOR initiative. The session is open to all ISPOR 2022 registrants - both women and men - and will feature interaction and audience Q&A. A Women in HEOR "Meet the Speakers" reception will be held following the session in the exhibit hall at the ISPOR booth. ISPOR 2022 registrants are also invited to join Women in HEOR at a conference Dine Around. See more information immediately below.

ISPOR 2022

On-Demand Session

[Note: The on-demand session is currently available through June 17 for ISPOR 2022 registrants.]

Introduction to Women in HEOR


Article: "Diversity’s Role in Advancing HEOR Excellence: ISPOR’s Women in HEOR Initiative"

Learn more about Women in HEOR from the article in the March/April 2022 of Value & Outcomes Spotlight, "Diversity's Role in Advancing HEOR Excellence: ISPOR's Women in HEOR Initiative."

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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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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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