Systems thinking acknowledges that a set of interconnected factors underlie most of the complex issues we face in population health. By identifying these elements and their connections, policymakers can overcome siloed thinking to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the system and identify high-leverage opportunities for significant and lasting change.
Systems thinking is at the root of the Georgia Health Policy Center’s (GHPC’s) work in Health in All Policies, health system transformation, and legislative education. GHPC uses systems thinking tools as an aid to foster critical thinking and multistakeholder conversations. These tools include:
- Behavior-over-time charts
- Stock and flow diagrams
- Causal loop diagrams
- System dynamics models
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