Presenting models to policymakers: intention and perception


The Seifu et al. article is a start to a timely inquiry on policymakers’ perceptions of mathematical modeling and simulations aimed to guide obesity prevention programs. These computational tools have the potential to transform the fields of public health policy. Yet, to be effective, a broad Data and Information Literacy Initiative is needed to instill policymakers with the willingness to become life-long learners, to adapt and accept new technologies, attitudes, information, and creative ways of thinking.

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Naumova, E.N., Hennessy, E. Presenting models to policymakers: intention and perception. J Public Health Pol 39, 189–192 (2018).

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  • Public health policy
  • Simulation modeling
  • Obesity
  • Decision making
  • Literacy