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Using Systems Thinking and Tools to Solve Public Health Problems

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Date Developed: n.a.. Source: National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Presenter(s): Allan Best, PhD; Ross Bronson, PhD; Kenneth McLeroy, PhD. Type: n.a.. Level: Intermediate. Length: 60 minutes.


In this archived webinar Dr. Allan Best provides an overview of systems thinking and practical tools to help navigate and analyze complex systems. Drs. Ross Brownson and Ken McLeroy provide real-world examples of how systems models can be applied in a variety of settings. Dr. Brownson highlights the use of concept mapping, and discusses the different levels that should be considered when implementing evidence-based programs within organizations or developing public health policies. Dr. McLeroy focuses on the use of social network analysis as a tool to analyze community capacity and ensure that organizations and communities are working together to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain effective programs.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.