Welcome to this Health Systems Stewards blog, my attempt at making academic connections and collaborations with BYU students and others more effective and efficient. Take a look at the pages to your right; there is background on me and my work, and opportunities for research and advocacy that I will update periodically.  See here to learn more about me, and here for how to contact me.  I hope to hear from you soon!

For the past few years, I have been working as the primary organizer of a Bellagio Conference on institutional capacity building in developing countries. And, with the financial support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, I’ve worked with students to contribute to and catalyze a movement for more systems thinking in health.   If you’re interested in learning more about those activities, see this blog or this twitter feed. See this brief, 5 minute video for a summary of our aims and perspective.  You can learn more about systems thinking and health generally by glancing over the resources here.

If you are interested in receiving updates on systems sciences and health and other more general announcements and opportunities, mostly from a BYU student perspective, you may want to join this Facebook Group and/or this Systems Thinking and Health Discussion Group.

I facilitate a weekly Systems Thinking and Health discussion group on BYU campus.  We usually meet in room RB 202 or 204 on Thursdays at 11a.  However, it depends on the level of interest.  You can get credit for participating in this group.  See this page for details.

Finally, if these ideas interest you, I have two suggestions.  First, err on the side of contacting me too much! I’m very happy to take the time to find an idea or project that we can collaborate on.  Second, take initiative and ownership!

I sincerely hope that – together – we can contribute to a world with less needless suffering.

Best Regards,


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