Decision Support and Modeling Resources for States and Local Health Departments: Workshop at 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta, GA

When: March 14, 2013 (10:30 AM Eastern)
Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel (International 1, International Level) • 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health
Activity: Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

The use of modeling for decision support has spread to many public health, medical, and planning agencies. Although modeling can serve as an important tool for state and local public health departments in disaster planning, many public health professionals are not familiar with the software, skills, and resources currently available. This workshop will bring participants up to date on the current state of infectious disease modeling, suggest strategies for building the right relationships, and most importantly, show how planning efforts can be informed by modeling. This workshop, organized in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services, will seek to provide participants with practical guidance on how modelers and public health preparedness planners can work together to improve surveillance and decision making. Presenters will demonstrate how modeling products support the needs of health departments, show successful real-world applications, and explain how these products align with PHEP and HPP program requirements.

Learning Objectives :
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Identify benefits and challenges of computation modeling science and practice;
• Understand the range of modeling tools available to inform preparedness planning
• Identify case studies of successful partnerships between preparedness planners and modelers; and
• Understand the potential barriers and solutions to next steps for bringing modeling into a health department

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