Our work to measure the health and economic effects of neurological,
cerebrovascular, and mental health disorders globally
The Brain Health Initiative was established to provide effective evidence for decision-makers and communicate the urgency of brain disorders around the world. The health and economic burden of mental, cerebrovascular, and neurological disorders (brain health) is large and expected to grow but rigorous, standardized and comparable assessment of the health and economic burden is not readily available to motivate policy change and mobilize resources.
Goals of the Brain Health Initiative:
Taking a scientific-based approach, we are quantifying the health and economic burden to motivate policy change and mobilize resources by:
- Increasing awareness of the overall burden of brain disorders and highlight the need for greater attention and investment.
- Measure the full impact (health and economic) of brain disorders and measure progress over time.
- Convene thought leaders on brain health to improve health equity by lessening the burden of brain conditions globally and among diverse populations.
IHME Client Services is building a collaborative of supporters who share the goal of reducing the burden of brain disorders and prioritizing brain health with policymakers. IHME has secured seed funding from a group of visionary funders and are seeking additional gifts and contracts from likeminded organizations to further this science-based approach to understand the present and future of brain health. Opportunities to expand on the existing work through funding or custom analyses can include (but are not limited to):
- Breakdowns of race and ethnicity for select brain health conditions in the United States
- Simulation of therapies, guidelines, and other interventions on Brain Health
- A gender lens focused on brain health conditions around the world
- Development of an interactive visualization or storytelling feature on the Brain Health Atlas
Explore the data trends in the Brain Health Atlas.
Contact Shayla Smith and Anna Bourland if you are interested in learning more about ways to get involved with the Brain Health Collaborative.