Simulating a Pandemic

The May-June 2011 issue of Interfaces has an article by Dionne M. Aleman, Theodorus G. Wibisono, and Brian Schwartz (all from Toronto, Ontario) that describes a agent based simulation model of an influenza pandemic in greater Toronto (which has a population of almost 5 million people).  The model is used to evaluate the impact of mitigation strategies on the number of people infected.  The model estimates the extent to which an outbreak is less severe as more infected persons stay home.

The citation is Dionne M. Aleman, Theodorus G. Wibisono, and Brian Schwartz, A Nonhomogeneous Agent-Based Simulation Approach to Modeling the Spread of Disease in a Pandemic Outbreak, INTERFACES 2011 41: 301-315.

Presentations at SNS Summit

The experts from the Montgomery County, Maryland, Advanced Practice Center will be presenting their tools in two interactive sessions at the SNS Summit, which is July 26-28, 2011, in Atlanta.

The first (on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 3:15 P.M.) will feature eMedCheck in a session on Electronic Screening Tools for PODS along with Johnson County, Kansas Health Department and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. These tools are for screening and registration.

The second (on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at 10:30 A.M.) is titled “America’s Top Model and Training Day All in One: Improving mass prophylaxis operations with just-in-time training and computer models.” The Multnomah County, Oregon, APC will be also participate. The session will discuss the Clinic Planning Model Generator and
the principles of the I-JITT Model and the application of I-JITT to mass prophylaxis operations via use of a
toolkit.