Systems Thinking for Maternal and Child Health: Applications in Practice
Systems thinking and using the systems approach to manage public health controversies can provide new and exciting opportunities and collaborations, yet the importance of this concept is often overlooked. Many disciplines converge in this problem-solving approach and bring new ideas to the forefront of today’s critical public health issues. In this seminar, Dr. Donna Petersen will explore how systems thinking can be applied to Maternal and Child Health and analyze the advantages of using this method to solve current and future challenges in public health.
Note: This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Define “systems thinking” in a Maternal and Child Health context
- Discuss current Maternal and Child Health/public health opportunities and challenges that call for a systems approach (give concrete examples)
- Describe the application of systems thinking in Maternal and Child Health practice
- Compare and contrast the benefits using a systems approach and potential negative consequences of not using a systems approach
Donna Petersen, MHS, ScD
Senior Associate Vice President
College of Public Health
University of South Florida
Dr. Donna Petersen is Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining USF, she was Professor in the Departments of Maternal and Child Health, and Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health. From 1996 - 2003, Dr. Petersen was the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the UAB School of Public Health. From 1990-1995, Dr. Petersen served as Director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Dr. Petersen earned her masters and doctoral degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has also held positions with the federal government and the state of Maryland and has served on numerous community agency boards and gubernatorial commissions and task forces. While in Minnesota, she served as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, and public health roles within evolving health care systems. She has devoted particular attention to public health responsibilities in monitoring health status, access, utilization, and quality of health care and in the areas of systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators. She is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health.
She has been honored for her work by the American Public Health Association, the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society. She was the 1996 recipient of the UAB President's Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2003 recipient of the UAB School of Public Health Outstanding Public Health Service Award. In 2002, the UAB School of Public Health created the Donna J. Petersen Award given annually to an outstanding student in the integrated core curriculum, in honor of her leadership in developing a unique, award-winning approach to public health education for future professionals.
At the USF College of Public Health, Dean Petersen is leading a dynamic group of scholars and educators, working to improve the health of the people of Florida and the world, through innovative programs of learning, discovery and community engagement, and the expansion of global health initiatives.
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Systems Thinking for Maternal and Child Health: Applications in Practice
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