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Background and Overview of Systems Science

This series of lectures provides a background and overview of systems science including key definitions ​and examples.

​​A series of lectures developed by the Systems Integration Core that provide a background on systems science including key definitions ​and examples. These lectures were originally developed for the Pipeline Program.

Understanding Systems: Systems ​

​This 25-minute lecture introduces systems, system behavior, and system feedback. It introduces important terminology and concepts using a maternal and child health perspective for learners who have not been introduced to systems thinking before. ​

Understanding Systems: System Behavior

This 28-minute lecture introduces common system archetypes and a number of building blocks for understanding system diagrams. In order to teach these concepts it draws on a number of real world maternal and child health examples.

Causal Loop Diagramming

This 22-minute lecture teaches the uses and creation of causal loop diagramming using a maternal and child health perspective.

System Performance: Leverage Points and System Change

This 32-minute lecture introduces the concept of leverage points: why they are important and how we can use leverage points to better change our system. This is done using a variety of maternal and child health topics.

System Performance: Advanced System Change

This 24-minute lecture applies the concept of leverage points to changing the behavior of common system archetypes using maternal and child health problems. It is recommended that this lecture be viewed after watching the lectures on “System Behavior” and “Leverage Points and System Change”. ​

Basic Cluster Analysis Techniques for Maternal and Child Health Data

This presentation describes three types of spatial analysis and their potential applications for MCH populations. ​​

​​​​​This presentation describes three types of spatial analysis and their potential applications for MCH populations: mapping of health data, cluster analysis and exposure/accessibility assessment. The focus of the presentation is primarily on the use of cluster analysis techniques for MCH data.​

​​WDC Basic Cluster Analysis Techniques for MCH Data.pptx

Collaboration and Action to Improve Child Health Systems – A toolkit for State Leaders

This toolkit provides knowledge and skills to map a child health system.

Produced in 2011 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, under contract with Johnson Group Consulting, Inc., this toolkit provides knowledge and skills to map a child health system.

BROKEN LINK http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/collaboration/child_health_took_kit.pdf​

Health Impact Assessment

This video provides an overview of Health Impact Assessment (HIA). HIA is one approach to build working relationships with partners outside of public health in pursuit of health equity.

Addressing health equity often requires public health practitioners to build partnerships outside their traditional networks, but how do you move these partnerships beyond dialogue and into action? Health Impact Assessment, or HIA, is one approach to build working relationships with potential partners outside the public health sector in the pursuit of health equity. A newly released resource from the National MCH Workforce Development Center provides an overview of how the HIA process can be useful for MCH professionals as they address the underlying social and environmental determinants of health.​​

Leading Through Health Systems Change

A planning tool ​to assist public health leaders in ​thinking about the future in the era of health transformation.

Leading Through Health Systems Change: A Public Health Opportunity is a planning tool ​to assist public health leaders in ​thinking about the future in the era of health transformation, including the Affordable Care Act. ​The key components include a five-step planning process and ​thinking through technical vs. adaptive challenges. The planning tool includes a module tailored to MCH professionals that was developed in partnership with the National MCH Workforce Development Center.

The planning tool is available at www.acaplanningtool.com/home​ at ​​zero cost, but requires users to create an account.

Network Analysis in MCH Practice

This 27-minute tutorial explains and demonstrates a systems tool that can help users understand connections between agencies, partners and their roles.

This 27-minute tutorial explains and demonstrates a systems tool that can help users understand connections between agencies, partners and their roles. The presentation defines network analysis and its applications in public health practice, focusing on examples from maternal and child health. It also includes extensive resources, including software packages that can be used for network analysis.

Network Analysis in MCH Practice.pptx

Simulation Based Learning in Public Health

The video Simulation Based Learning in Public Health will help you understand how simulation can support the learning needed to address complex public health challenges we now face.

​The video Simulation Based Learning in Public Health will help you understand how simulation can support the learning needed to address complex public health challenges we now face. You’ll learn where simulation can facilitate collaborative learning, and how it works. It concludes with two examples of simulation models: low birth weight in Georgia and malnutrition in Peru.​

System Mapping Video Series

The Five-Minute System Mapping series introduces nine system mapping tools in brief 2-5 minute videos.

​​​​​The five minute System Mapping Video S​eries introduces nine system mapping tools in brief 2-5 minute videos. While there are many system m​apping approaches available, this series specifically highlights those approaches that the National MCH Workforce Development Center has found the most useful as Title V (or other public health) leaders work to address wicked system problems. These high-level introductory videos are designed to help learners become familiar with each approach and what a resulting "map" might look like. There are many lenses we can use to study a given systems problem – picking the righ approach(es) depends on the nature of your problem, how your team most naturally approaches systems problems (which approach resonates the most), and the kind of insights that will most complement what your team has already learned using these or other methods. These videos will only scratch the surface of each method – please reach out to the National MCH Workforce Development Center to learn more!​

Telehealth Series

Background, overview, and key considerations for telehealth.

Telehealth Technology: What you Need to Know to Get Started

​​​​Telehealth is an important resource as the ACA and other health reforms expand the pool of insured individuals in the United States. Provider shortages are common in rural areas, and some agencies are expanding their use of telehealth to provide clinical services. This 19 minute presentation provides a high-level overview about the uses of telehealth and technical considerations when beginning a telehealth program. 2014.​

SPRANG_Telehealth Series _Technology Overview (1).wmv

Legal and Regulatory Considerations for Telehealth

​Telehealth is an important resource as the ACA and other health reforms expand the pool of insured in the United States. Provider shortages ​​are common in rural areas, and some agencies are exploring the use of telehealth to provide clinical services. This 15-minute presentation explores legal and regulatory issues to consider in the development of any telehealth program. 2014.

SPRANG_Telehealth Series _ Final Legal and regulatory introduction.wmv​

Reaching Out Across the Miles: The Role of Telehealth in Maternal and Child Health

As more individuals gain health insurance and provider shortages in many areas continue, telehealth provides an important approach to ensuring access to care for MCH populations. This 30-minute audio presentation with accompanying slides provides an overview of the current use of telehealth in Title V programs as well as a more in-depth look at innovative uses of telehealth in the following areas relevant to maternal and child health: newborn metabolic screening, services for children & youth with special health care needs, newborn hearing screening, high risk delivery, and dental services. 2014.

Telehealth Worksite Presentation_AMCHP 2014 (1).pptx

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.