The Wellesley Urban Health Model simulates alternative scenarios to help explain the impact of interventions on poor health outcomes such as chronic disease rates, disability rates and mortality rates. The model also gives insight into how much and how quickly interventions can reduce mortality and morbidity. The Wellesley Institute’s goal is to provide a tool that will allow us, our stakeholders and other policy-makers to ask “what if” questions about policy interventions and as a result,guide us to useful research questions and potential solutions for complex population health problems.
About Aziza Mahamoud
Aziza is currently a Research Associate at the Wellesley Institute (WI), leading the urban health systems modeling projects, working closely with the director of research. Prior to joining WI, she was a Research Associate at the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, where she worked with Dr. Osgood and his team in the Computer Science department. Her research there was primarily focused on building population-level dynamic, computational models of tuberculosis transmission and examining interventions. Before her modeling work, Aziza worked with the Saskatoon Health Region's communicable disease division, conducting surveillance studies on anti-biotic resistant infections and developing disease prevention and control policies. Aziza holds a Masters in Public Health degree from University of Saskatchewan’s School of Public Health, where she focused on epidemiology and system dynamics, and a B.Sc. in the life sciences from University of Waterloo. Her research interests include population and public health, syndemics, health disparities, and the application of system dynamics modelling tools to design and evaluate effective population health policies.