February 10, 2016

University of Utah Global Health Conference

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Submit abstracts to present at the U of U global health conference on March 26th.

Abstracts are due Feb 26th.

Call for Abstracts Flyer

February 3, 2016

Meeting Notes- 2/3/16

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  • Submit your proposal soon.
  • Long term plan:
    • Podcast is the way to go (attractive to market, versatile)
    • brand it- cutting edge of healthcare (not mere CST discussion)
    • must be entertaining
    • We need a community of 30-40 students with basic knowledge (public health, policy, and CST) who will write, connect with pros for interviews, must include faculty members.
  • community vs network -people who know each other, already have strong foundation.
  • Plant communities, see what emerges at uvu, BYU- west, crookston, barnes, UoU.

Short term game plan:

  • this semester: one page summary- “start with the why”, who we are and what we’re about.
    • 5-10 points- challenge status quo, connect, ask tough questions (what are the tough questions? -midlevels, prevention vs curative, medical curriculum), foster emergence.
  • Summer- take those ideas and put them into website…
  • fall- plant the ideas at each university and see what emerges.

Long term goal- REALLY HIGH QUALITY PODCAST in 3 or so years.

Ideas: “health systems studies” would need a champion on campus.

February 2, 2016

African Health Initiative

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The Doris Duke Foundation is leading the way in global health on the ground in considering applications of complexity in health.

The African Health Initiative was created by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2007. Below is their mission statement found on their website.

“The African Health Initiative (AHI) seeks to catalyze significant advances in strengthening health systems by supporting partnerships that will design, implement and evaluate large-scale models of care that link implementation research and workforce training directly to the delivery of integrated primary healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa.”

They currently have partnerships in five countries:

Ghana PHIT Partnership

Mozambique PHIT Partnership

Rwanda PHIT Partnership

Tanzania PHIT Partnership

Zambia PHIT Partnership

Examples of publications that have resulted from these partnerships:

Ghana publications

Mozambique publications

Rwanda publications

Tanzania publications

Zambia publications

Follow these links to read about lessons learned since initiation in 2007:

“The African Health Initiative Presents Its Baseline Data” Lola Adedokun, M.P.H., Director for the African Health Initiative and Program Director for the Child Well-being Program

“The African Health Initiative on Understanding Implementation” Mary Travis Bassett, M.D., M.P.H., Former Program Director of the African Health Initiative

“Early Lessons from the African Health Initiative” Mary Travis Bassett, M.D., M.P.H., Former Program Director of the African Health Initiative

January 25, 2016

Complex Systems Thinking Network Meeting

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Hey, All:

Meeting this Friday at 1 pm in 680 SWKT.

Come with thoughts about what our Mission and Vision could be.

Also, remember the action items from last week.


January 21, 2016

Meeting Notes 1/21/2016

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  • Keep going back to the simple rules!
  • “How passionate are you about staying on board for a long-term learning journey?”
  • How can we improve communication?
  • Provide a list of things that students can do– on blog.
  • How to bring people out?
      • brand ST, sell it to students!
  • Culture “this is the place to be if you’re going into health”.
  • What’s the goal of infiltrating curriculum?
  • Read the “tipping point”- malcolm gladwell.
  • What are we going for?
    • shift in mindset.
    • ST on its own doesn’t improve health.
    • optimize interactions.
    • applying ST must achieve what we really want- improved population health.
    • We need a strong community- lots of people with lots of knowledge.
  • Mission: ?
  • Vision: ?
  • Action points:
    • Tom- MPH, white papers.
    • Morgan- AAFP-email, case studies, read through Jessica’s article;
    • Chad- available for questions and comments, ER paper, guidance;
    • Matt- snowshoes, BYU EMS, blog, brand CST, sophie, johnny;
    • Jessica- case studies, read on the edge of chaos, look at other societies,  
    • Dallon- study, read a lot!


January 18, 2016

Meeting this week!

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The meeting this week will be at 11 am on Thursday, the 21st. Location will be in 341 MCKB on BYU campus. See http://map.byu.edu for directions.

See you there!


January 16, 2016

Meeting Notes from January 15th

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For those of you who could not make the meeting yesterday, this is what you missed:

  • The systems thinking revolution has potential to be as impactful as the abolitionist movement was. Read “Bury the Chains”, and watch “Amazing Grace”.
  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”- Margaret Mead.
  • We hope that, by strengthening the CST network, we will have a lasting impact on the world.
  • Some resources for study-
    • Atul Gawande- “making systems work” and BBC’s “century of the system”.
    • David Bishai on “wicked problems” and “collective impact”.
    • Helen Bevan’s tweets.
  • Hand-washing and briefly saved lives- NPR. Remember that HOW we approach affecting change matters. Ignaz Semmelweis knew WHAT to change, but may not have known HOW . We need both. Be tactful and diplomatic.
  • Dr. Swanson will act as a “guide on the side, not a sage on the stage”. Students need to take initiative, be proactive.
  • Vision: Make an exceptional, significant, historic impact in the way the world views health systems.
  • Mission: Catalyze or Contribute to a Premier Health Learning and Collective Impact Collaborative Network in the World over the next 20 Years.
  • Simple rules: be nice, accountable, bold, relentless, view everything with a CST lens, strengthen the network long-term.

Jazz and Complexity

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I’m reading “Aid on the Edge of Chaos.”  Highly Recommended.  Ben Ramalingam quotes Barrett on the “seven features of jazz improvisation that also hold true for improvisation within organizational structures” (page 189):

  1.  Provocative competence:  deliberate efforts to interrupt habit patterns.
  2. Embracing errors as a source of learning.
  3. Shared orientation toward minimal structures that allow maximum flexibility.
  4. Distributed task:  continual negotiation and dialogue towards dynamic synchronization
  5. Reliance on retrospective sense making
  6. “Hanging out”:  membership a community of practice
  7. Taking turns soloing and supporting


January 15, 2016

Social Change and Complexity

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We had a great discussion today, and I was asked to post a few resources about change and leadership.  Here are a few that came to mind:

-Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point



And on leadership:


I’ll try to  update this as time goes by, but remind me if I forget, and there is interest.

January 13, 2016

CST Learning Network Meeting

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Location: 2006 LSB

Day: Friday, Jan 15

Time: 9-11am

Everyone is invited to come and contribute!


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