Dynamic Modeling & Strategy

The health system is complex, and change is hard. It is particularly challenging if the major stakeholders in a system each see a different piece of the health puzzle from a distinct point of view and neither vision nor strategy are aligned. The ReThink Health Dynamics Model is designed to help groups overcome those challenges, to better understand what is possible, and develop targeted strategies to achieve lasting system-wide goals.

Developed by ReThink Health’s award-winning team of MIT-trained system modelers and tested with thousands of participants around the country, the Model enables committed groups of leaders and local stakeholders to obtain concrete answers to their own “What if…” questions.  Answers gained through Strategy Labs—facilitated and tailored scenario building sessions—supply concrete evidence and promising results that move groups to collective and targeted action and provide the foundation to sustain that effort over time.

The ReThink Health Model is a sophisticated, empirically-based, analytical computer tool that simulates the behavior of a regional health system and can be customized to reflect differences in regional health systems. It has been used by scores of organizations and regions across the country to align thinking, develop sound strategies, and catalyze action. It is also used in more than a dozen academic programs at major colleges and universities.

Working with the Model built consensus around common issues that will enable us to have collective impact. We have now built a new organization and implementation plan around the Model experience and attracted significant local and foundation support.”        —Eileen Dennis, member of the Pueblo County Board of Health (Journal of County Administration March/April 2013)

The Model creates an experiential, evidence-based approach to raising big issues, entering into challenging conversations, and providing new insights. It has the power to cross and move cultures, creating the opportunity for really productive dialogue and action.” —Anne Weiss, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation