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MIDAS creates awareness, provides hands-on experience, and builds bridges for public health decision support tools at Preparedness Summit

NACCHO Preparedness SummitA full day workshop, “Hands On Experience with MIDAS Decision Support Tools” was presented to public health practitioners and others at the 2014 Public Health Preparedness Summit.

For 10 years, the NIGMS Modeling of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) has brought together the world’s leading computational modeling experts to help prepare our nation for a wide array of public health issues. Over this time MIDAS teams have worked with local, state, and national stakeholders to create a number of sophisticated, user-focused tools that are ready to use in decision support. Computational modeling has become a crucial component of public health and healthcare preparedness, and in the spirit of the summit’s theme, creating awareness and preliminary training in these tools will do much to continuing to build bridges between the modeling and public health communities, indeed making us “Stronger Together”.

The workshop starts with introductory talks to create awareness of the cadre of tools that are being developed in MIDAS, allowing in-depth presentations about specific tools. There will then be an hour of hands-on interactive demonstrations where participants will be encouraged to use the tools and speak with the developers. The workshop concludes with in-depth one-on-one sessions with the developers. This last component will allow the participants to deep-dive into the tools that are of most interest to them and begin the process of building a relationship with the developer that will continue beyond the summit.

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