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Strategic Skills Training Series: Introduction to Systems Thinking

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Date Developed: n.a.. Source: Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC). Presenter(s): Varies. Type: Interactive Learning Tool. Level: Introductory. Length: Self-paced.


The Strategic Skills Training Series developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) aims to help prepare public health practitioners to develop the practices and competencies associated with being a Chief Health Strategist. The modules in this series use the community health improvement planning process to introduce you to the basics of the following four strategic skills areas. This first set of modules has been developed at an introductory level; the next part of the series will build on these foundational modules.

Learning Objectives

• Consider events, patterns, and structures related to a complex problem

• Explain what a complex adaptive system is

• Explain how mental models impact the way we perceive a problem

• List some key systems thinking habits to develop

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 $225,000/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.