Newswise — New Orleans, LA, USA—May 22, 2019—ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), held a session for its Women in HEOR initiative yesterday late afternoon at its ISPOR 2019 annual conference in New Orleans, LA, USA. ISPOR launched this initiative in late 2017 with the vision to support the growth, development, and contribution of women in HEOR; to serve as a catalyst for women’s leadership in the field; and to offer a platform for ISPOR women to collaborate, network, share, and mentor each other.
Shelby D. Reed, RPh, PhD moderated the session, spoke about the vision of the Women in HEOR initiative, and noted the importance of advancing women’s leadership in the HEOR field. She presented evidence that demonstrates how organizations with diverse teams perform significantly better than those that lack diversity. Data also show, however, that women account for less than a third (28.8%) of those employed in scientific research and earn less (83%) than men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Dr Reed shared the topline results of the Society’s 2018 membership survey on the initiative. The survey results highlighted the acute need for mentors and sponsors of women in the field. Survey respondents identified the lack of mentors and role models as their number one career barrier. More than half (51.8%) of respondents had neither a mentor nor a sponsor in their careers.
The guest speaker for the session was Renée Arnold, PharmD, RPh; Icon PLC, New York, NY, USA who spoke on, “Mentors and Thought Leadership: Relationship Building for Career Success.” Dr Arnold spoke about the power of women mentoring other women. She also addressed ways that women in HEOR can develop as thought leaders. Sharing personal stories from her career, Dr Arnold encouraged women to “take the risk” with both mentorship and thought leadership.
ISPOR CEO and Executive Director Nancy S. Berg provided an overview of diversity initiatives at the Society. Ms Berg stressed that diversity is important not just because it is the right thing to do, but because research has shown that diverse teams and organizations have better performance than less diverse teams. As a global, multistakeholder organization, ISPOR focuses on a wide variety of diversity dimensions, including gender, career stage, ethnicity, race, education, and more. ISPOR has been actively addressing diversity for a number of years with positive metrics and trends for diversity with its board of directors, councils, conference program committees, working groups, and staff. The Women in HEOR initiative has been a natural outgrowth of these efforts.
ISPOR is recognized globally as the leading professional society for health economics and outcomes research and its role in improving healthcare decisions. ISPOR 2019 is the leading global HEOR conference and draws nearly 4000 healthcare thought leaders and stakeholders, including researchers and academicians, assessors and regulators, payers and policy makers, the life sciences industry, healthcare providers, and patient engagement organizations.
ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), is an international, multistakeholder, nonprofit dedicated to advancing HEOR excellence to improve decision making for health globally. The Society is the leading source for scientific conferences, peer-reviewed and MEDLINE®-indexed publications, good practices guidance, education, collaboration, and tools/resources in the field.
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