Systems thinking is a valuable skill for those tackling today’s toughest population health challenges. Expanding the boundaries of our understanding, examining issues from multiple perspectives, and considering a range of potential intervention points can bring powerful and creative solutions to light. It can be used effectively in engaging diverse stakeholders around a shared concern. This brief describes a continuum of tools in the systems thinking toolbox: mindset, principles, diagrams, and models, listed in order of increasing difficulty to acquire, but generally decreasing breadth of applicability.
Recommended Citation: Jane Branscomb, senior research associate, Georgia Health Policy Center, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Publication #97, February 2016.
Geographic information systems (GIS) allow detailed mapping and mathematical analysis of large sets of geocoded data. When coupled with the power and simple visual of maps, GIS can be leveraged to produce compelling and meaningful analysis. This primer publication describes a range of uses for maps and methods for creating them, methods that range from low-tech to high-tech, with an emphasis on options that are accessible to most health nonprofits.
Recommended Citation: Jane Branscomb, MPH and Michelle Marcus Rushing, MPH, Georgia Health Policy Center, Healthcare Georgia Foundation Publication #95, January 2016.