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Building the evidence base to ensure achieving UHC drives healthy ageing

Key Contact: Beth Virnig

Activity Dates: 2018 to 2019

Country(ies): Thailand

Contact Information

Activity Description

The aim is to use available data to build institutional partnerships and research capacity of ASEAN research partners. The funds will be used to access and harmonize available data on healthy ageing and health systems interactions. This is a crucial part of informing the data intensive SDGs and countries shifting of their health systems to provide UHC – particularly as these efforts and systems relate to the realities of adult populations.

The specific objectives are to: collate available meta- and micro-data – from the most recent wave of leading national and cross-national surveys (see table below) using techniques similar to those used for a recent successful multi-study harmonization; undertake harmonization of identified data sets to allow for cross-country analyses and comparisons – using this to build stronger working relationships between studies across the countries; harness the expertise in ASEAN to examine the intra- and inter-country drivers of health and wellbeing, and to cultivate the next generation of researchers and stakeholders; work with study PIs and harmonization group to ensure conceptual equivalence of study items in the harmonized data set; and, create and maintain a harmonized data set - noting the unique challenges of accessing microdata in the region.

Activity Types

Capacity Building, Research

Academic Health Center Units

Other Academic Health Center Units
     Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR)

School of Public Health
     Health Policy and Management

Other Collaborators

Paul Kowal, Chiang Mai University Research Institute for Health Sciences

Profs Khuanchai Supparatpinyo and Kriengkrai Srithanaviboonchai, Chiang Mai University, Research Institute for Health Sciences (Thailand)

Prof Nawi Ng, Umea University (Sweden)

Prof Nadia Minicuci, National Research Council (Italy)

Partner Organizations

Chiang Mai University (Thailand)
Umea University (Sweden)
National Research Council (Italy)


UMN CGHSR Global Health Seed Grant (2018)

Activity Topics

Aging, Health Systems