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Advance Distinguished Lecture

Title: Making models useful for policy makers

Presenter: Martin I. Meltzer, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT: Public health policy makers often need reliable estimates of potential impact of diseases and the possible consequences of interventions. Willingness to accept results from mathematical models, however, depends on how the modeler(s) approach the problem and present the results. Typically, adoption of the results of a mathematical model as a basis for framing public health strategy and tactics is dependent upon the basic understanding of the model. This presentation will outline some guidelines, with examples, for building models that public health policy makers are likely to use to help make decisions.

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