Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona
Agent based modeling is an emerging tool to examine complex systems that shape health behaviors and to simulate the effects of public health laws and policies. In this study, I will develop an agent based model (ABM) of racial/ethnic disparities in food purchasing behaviors that is grounded in food choice data from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Study and public data regarding inequities in income and the distribution of food outlets. The model will be useful for elucidating mechanisms that produce disparities in home meal preparation, shopping frequency, consumption of fast food and other prepared meals, and other food behaviors that impact health. I will use the ABM to simulate effects of policies to reduce disparities in healthy food purchasing and consumption.
My New Connections Experience
I applied to the New Connection program for two reasons: First, New Connections funding will provide me with the resources and dedicated time necessary to gain expertise and training in agent based modeling and other ‘systems science’ methodologies that are increasingly being used to understand how complex systems of multilevel factors influence health behaviors and outcomes. Second, the opportunity to become a member of the New Connections network will provide ongoing opportunities for training, collaboration with other scholars and program staff, and professional development.
Latino health, health and health care disparities, health policy research, intervention and implementation research, chronic disease, complex systems and health
- Award Year: 2014