In 2008, the Georgia Health Policy Center implemented an innovative learning approach to build state legislators’ capacity for decision-making in a more systemic context. Participating legislators learned to apply a systemic framework to a range of complex health policy issues, including childhood obesity. Legislators used a model-based collaborative systems inquiry process to explore six policy interventions – school, community, and healthcare-based approaches – to reduce childhood obesity. The collaborative inquiry process used computer simulation to translate evidence, making research easily understood by legislators and shifting the policy debate from ideological issues to the systemic structure.
Additionally, in collaboration with Southern Polytechnic State University, GHPC received funding from the Board of Regents to add a cost-effectiveness component to, and expand the policy interventions considered, on the model.
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