Joseph Dieleman, Ph.D., is assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. In this role, he leads the financial resources for health research team, which focuses on domestic and international research tracking development assistance for health, health spending by disease, and government health expenditure. Joe studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earning his undergraduate degree in economics, and at the University of Washington, where he received his Ph.D. in Economics.
Routine collection of health financing data is essential for effective health policy. More investment in simple, granular and timely health financing estimates is needed, write Annie Haakenstad, a graduate student at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and Joseph Dieleman, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in this guest column.