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Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

Can we improve population health by improving foundational determinants? In silico experiments and agent based counterfactuals.

Sandro GaleaSandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH

Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor
and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 PM
109 Parran Hall

Abstract:

The foundational determinants of population health are well understood to influence a broad range of health conditions. However, a substantial proportion of efforts to improve health focus on individual behaviors and proximal health determinants. But, can work on only proximal determinants improve the health of populations? Is work that aims to improve foundational determinants necessary to improve population health? We shall explore this question through simulation modeling, illustrating how, absent work to improve foundational determinants there is a limit to the potential improvement to the health of populations.

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