Learning From Evidence in a Complex World

In this article, John Sterman highlights the benefits of systems thinking and simulation modeling in promoting public health and welfare. He argues that these tools can help expand the boundaries of our mental models, enhance our ability to generate and learn from evidence, and catalyze effective change in public health and beyond. View the Resource […]

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Roadmaps: Action Center

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps provides a robust range of resources in its Action Center.  Resources are organized by stakeholder group as well as 5 main categories of the PDSA process. View the Resource “Action Center.” County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

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Recommended Practices for Enhancing Community Health Improvement

This report from the University of Kansas to the CDC, Office of Prevention Through Healthcare sets out a range of recommended practices for enhancing community health improvement. In a sequential framework that begins with shared ownership among stakeholders for the overall community health improvement process, and ends with reporting and compliance, this publication address 12 […]

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An Integrated Framework for Assessing the Value of Community-based Prevention

The Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice provide a broad compilation of research on community-based prevention efforts, and synthesize new insight into an integrated framework for assessing the value of these interventions. This publication is an important contribution to the field, and has provided a range of insight into how […]

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CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator

In 2015, the CDC released a new online resource to help a facilitate conversations among a range of stakeholders, in relation to community health improvement strategies. The online Navigator provides a clearinghouse of best-practice research on interventions. View the Resource Center for  Disease Control and Prevetion. (2016). CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator. Available from http://www.cdc.gov/chinav/case/index.html

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SUNY Albany – University Library Reference Guide for Public Affairs and Policy

SUNY Albany Professor David Anderson and Richard Irving assembled a comprehensive reference guide for their Public Affairs and Policy course, which uses health system transformation as a context to explore the application of system dynamics to public sector challenges. This guide has compiled a range of resources and abstracts around many topics required of high-leverage […]

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Evidence Links Increases In Public Health Spending To Declines In Preventable Deaths

This article examines the relationship between financial investment in public health  programs and mortality from chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. They found that mortality rates declined for each 10% increase in public health spending. More money by itself is unlikely to generate significant and sustainable health gains; improvements in public health […]

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The cost-effectiveness of environmental approaches to disease prevention

This New England Journal of Medicine perspective post examines the cost-effectiveness of environmental approaches to disease prevention. View the Resource Chokshi DA, Farley TA. The cost-effectiveness of environmental approaches to disease prevention. N Engl J Med. 2012 Jul 26;367(4):295-7. Available from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1206268

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