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Reg2PHTC-Childhood Obesity A Systems Approach to Understanding Childhood Obesity


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Course Description

A Systems Approach to Understanding Childhood Obesity

This module developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) aims to explore how to use problem solving approaches inspired by systems thinking to reduce inequities in childhood obesity.* Systems thinking is a methodological approach that helps us better understand how complex systems operate, and how we can identify leverage points within systems to influence behavior. Since this is a foundational module, our goal is just to introduce how a systems thinking lens can be applied to a major public health issue.

In this module, you will learn how to identify the characteristics of a system in a public health context.

*To learn more about systems thinking, please enroll in the course ‘Introduction to Systems Thinking’, part of the Strategic Skills training series also offered by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center.

 

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you should know how to:

  • Describe public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels.
  • Describe different stakeholders with the power to address childhood obesity.
  • Explain how local health departments (LHDs) can use systems thinking approaches while planning intersectoral initiatives to reduce inequities in childhood obesity.

…and see how you can incorporate these concepts in your practice to address a major public health crisis

Prerequisites

None

Course Competencies

  • 8A02 Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
  • 8A03 Describes the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community
  • 8A05 Identifies internal and external facilitators and barriers that may affect the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (e.g., using root cause analysis and other quality improvement methods and tools, problem solving)
  • 8A08 Describes the impact of changes (e.g., social, political, economic, scientific) on organizational practices
  • 8B02 Describes public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
  • 8B03 Explains the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community
  • 8B05 Analyzes internal and external facilitators and barriers that may affect the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (e.g., using root cause analysis and other quality improvement methods and tools, problem solving)
  • 8B08 Modifies organizational practices in consideration of changes (e.g., social, political, economic, scientific)
  • 8C02 Interacts with the larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
  • 8C03 Creates opportunities for organizations to work together or individually to improve the health of a community
  • 8C05 Takes measures to minimize internal and external barriers that may affect the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services (e.g., using root cause analysis and other quality improvement methods and tools, problem solving)
  • 8C08 Ensures the management of organizational change (e.g., refocusing a program or an entire organization, minimizing disruption, maximizing effectiveness of change, engaging individuals affected by change)