Simulation Modeling and Systems Science to Address Health Disparities

Council Date: June 7, 2016


The purpose of this initiative is to support investigative and collaborative research focused on developing and evaluating simulation modeling and systems science (SMSS) to understand and address minority health and health disparities.

Description of Initiative

NIMHD is interested in several research priorities that could have significant impact on understanding and addressing minority health and health disparities using simulation modeling and systems science. Examples of potential topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Predictive models to improve clinical care coordination and integrate patient-centered health services for disadvantaged populations
  • Models to inform improved multilevel, multi-factorial randomized controlled, comparative effectiveness, or pragmatic clinical trial intervention designs aimed at addressing health disparities, especially in racial and ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups
  • Systems science to improve implementation and dissemination of evidence-based primary care practice in rural and underserved communities
  • Simulation modeling using big data technology for disparity surveillance and reduction