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Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities

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Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities is a web-based, professional development program. It promotes the integration of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) interventions with educational strategies. This program:

  • Is intended for organizations whose work focuses on health promotion.
  • Helps staff teams understand and act on factors that influence individuals' healthy choices.
  • Was tested and reviewed. It was:
    • Piloted in Minnesota in 2015.
    • Peer reviewed in 2016.
    • Piloted with Michigan State University Extension and Iowa Department of Public Health in 2017.

By participating in this program, you and your organization will learn:

  • Basic terminology.
  • Examples of systems-thinking including the Social-Ecological Model, Spectrum of Prevention, and PSE concepts.
  • Skills to expand your program across many levels to impact policies, systems, and environments.
  • Strategies and tools for strengthening engagement, communicating with partners, and understanding community context.

For more details on the program content, including learning objectives, download the Systems Approaches for Healthy Communities program summary (PDF).

The program supports up to 200 individual participants per registered organization.

Do you have a smaller or larger team? Contact us to discuss how we can customize this program to your budget and needs.

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