Oral Health Seminar Series: Economic Evaluation and Oral Health


Monday, November 9, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Oral Health Seminar Series

Economic Evaluation and Oral Health

Presented by: 

Lisa A. Robinson, MPP
Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director, Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Stephen Resch, MPH, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Monday, November 9, 2020
12:00-1:00PM EST



Two forms of economic evaluation are commonly applied in public health. Cost-effectiveness analysis is most often used to prioritize medical interventions, while benefit-cost analysis is most often used to assess policy options implemented outside of the health care system. In this presentation, we describe the application of both types of analysis to oral health. As an example, we discuss ongoing work that addresses dental health outcomes and disparities associated with a preventative program implemented at a large multi-site provider in Oregon, that emphasizes caries risk assessment and risk-based care plans. We cover our general approach as it relates to standard methods of economic evaluation and the challenges, we face in valuing outcomes for a pediatric population.


Lisa A. Robinson is a Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Decision Science and affiliated with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. She has led numerous assessments of the costs, benefits, and other impacts of environmental, health, and safety policies and regulations, developed related methods, and drafted guidance documents. She is a past President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Stephen Resch is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Trained as a health decision scientist, his primary research interests are health resource allocation, operational efficiency of health care service delivery, and the adaptation of decision analytic methods to global public health challenges. He has developed costing tools and computer-based simulation models to support resource allocation decisions and economic evaluation of interventions in several areas of public health including HIV, tuberculosis, maternal mortality, malnutrition, surgery, dental care, and immunization.