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New center will use predictive modeling to help guide responses to public health emergencies

The Midwest Analytics and Disease Modeling Center (MADMC) will develop data analytic and mathematical models to help leaders make informed policy decisions during public health emergencies.

Virgil McDill | May 6, 2024

Today, the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota Electronic Health Records Consortium (MNHERC) launched a new center that will develop and test analytic tools that allow decision makers to compare the impact of different policy options on public health during a disease outbreak. The Midwest Analytics and Disease Modeling Center (MADMC) will incorporate and build on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic so the nation is better prepared to act quickly in response to an emerging public health threat.

MADMC will serve the Midwest as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) first ever national network for outbreak analytics and disease modeling. As part of the CDC’s national Insight Net network, MADMC will develop modeling and analytic infrastructure so that the Midwest, and the nation, will be better able to obtain and analyze data to forecast public health options. The center will also offer technical assistance to state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments in the Midwest to help them prepare for, and respond to, a public health emergency.

Eva Enns

MADMC will be run by three co-principal investigators: Eva Enns, associate professor at the UMN School of Public Health (SPH); R. Adams Dudley, a professor in the UMN Medical School, Institute for Health Informatics, and SPH; and Kristin Sweet, manager, Infectious Disease Cross-Cutting Epidemiology, Programs, and Partnerships at MDH. As a partner organization ofMADMC, the Minnesota Electronic Health Records Consortium will provide data from the largest health systems in Minnesota that collectively provide care to more than 90% of Minnesotans.

“The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a need to understand both localized disease patterns as well as the benefits and costs of different policy choices, like whether to close schools or mandate masks,” says SPH’s Eva Enns. “However, creating the analytic tools needed to support these decisions in the middle of a crisis was a challenge. At MADMC, we will have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful planning and development of modeling and analytic methods to generate clear, tailored, and actionable evidence to support emergency response decision-making in the face of an infectious threat.”


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