TDAI faculty member and Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Ayaz Hyder was recently highlighted by the Office of Outreach and Engagement as the monthly Enaged Scholar for March 2021. In an interview, Hyder discusses how his research and scholarship intersects with community engagement, and why active, participatory involvement in our communities breaks down barriers to data sharing and aligns organizational goals that improve outcomes for vulnerable populations. His research on participatory modeling techniques and systems modeling in reproductive health, infant mortality, opioid addiction, and food insecurity is designed to be personalized and relevant to fit community needs, as well as create scalable models that can apply to a wide array of populations. As Hyder mentioned in the interview, “Every day I practice this type of engagement because it helps to build and sustain confidence and trust in the model – for both the modelers and those who may use the model for public health decision-making and policies.”
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