To address the challenge of communicating the interconnected and complex relationships between the social determinants of health, the Wellesley Institute, in partnership with Lupina Foundation, has adopted a systems thinking approach. We developed a simulation model for the City of Toronto using System Dynamics modeling methodology. The Wellesley Urban Health Model simulates changes in health, social determinants and disparities beginning from the year 2006 and projecting forward to 2046, enabling users to plan and test scenarios under different assumptions.
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.
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